Everton line-up shock move to sign Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney
Everton are readying an audacious move to re-sign Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.
The Toffees, under new ownership since February, are putting together a strong financial package they believe could convince Rooney to return to Goodison Park.
Their efforts will have been aided by the fact that Rooney has found himself out of favour under new boss Jose Mourinho and Manchester United could be ready to sell the 30-year-old as such a sale could help the club wipe the England international’s £300k a week wage packet off their balance sheet.
Rooney has 20 months to run on his current deal and as such Manchester United could be keen to cash-in on the long-serving forward rather than see their once-prized asset leave on a free transfer.
Wayne Rooney experienced something of a backlash from Everton fans in the years following his move from Everton to Manchester United but he has worked hard to repair his reputation with his former fans and that could help the Merseyside outfit in their bid to complete the transfer.
Ronald Koeman has proven a success since taking over from Roberto Martinez over the summer and the Everton manager has the transfer funds to pull off the move and a bid in the region of £30-£35m could be enough to tempt Manchester United into selling, such a bid is expected next summer.
As for a contract offer, Everton are ready to stump up around £180k a week, which would see Rooney become the club’s top-earner by some distance.
The club are also ready to offer Rooney a coaching role on completion of his playing career and it’s this aspect that may prove most effective in their attempt to sign the Croxteth born star.
Rooney left Everton in 2004 and has racked up 246 goals in 530 appearances for the Old Trafford side, helping the club to numerous honours including no less than five Premier League titles, a Champions League triumph as well as FA and League Cup successes.
He’s had to sit out recent fixtures and this has led to his standing in the national team set-up suffering and Rooney isn’t the type of player who will be happy to warm the bench for long periods and a move to Everton would not only have romantic overtones it would also bring with it a more than likely guaranteed first-team spot for the remainder of his playing career.
Rooney first burst onto the senior football scene in 2002 where he made an instant impact in the Everton first-team set-up, famously scoring a tremendous winner against Arsenal to become the youngster Premier League goal-scorer, a record that has since been bettered.
He then moved to Man United in a £20m deal and has gone on to become the club’s second highest goal-scorer of all-time, and is now just three goals behind club legend Sir Bobby Charlton.
A move back to Everton could neatly bookend Rooney’s distinguished career and such a capture would provide the club’s new owners a transfer that would represent a real statement of intent.
Manchester United are said to be hot on the heels of Everton full-back Seamus Coleman, a player who has interested the Premier League giants for the best part of three years, and any potential move for Rooney could become part of a potential swap offer to land the Republic of Ireland international.