Manchester United star's agent in China as Old Trafford exit edges closer

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Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford is in China as he attempts to secure the forward a move away from Old Trafford.

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With the 31-year-old not seen as a regular part of Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho’s plans moving forward, speculation has been rife that he could quit the club for a Chinese Super League side in the coming days.

And as time ticks away, BBC Sport claims that Stretford is in the Far East in an attempt to push through the switch before close of the Chinese window on February 28.

At this stage, it appears unlikely that talks will progress at such a rate that Rooney will be unveiled by a Super League side over the next five days, however, it now seems a case of when, not if, he leaves Old Trafford.

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Beijing Guoan had previously been one of the favourites to sign the England international, but BBC Sport sources understand that they are not currently in the race to sign him.

Jiangsu Suning and Tianjin Quanjian are the most likely destinations before Tuesday’s deadline.

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Rooney is under contract at United until 2019 but after just eight starts so far this season in the Premier League, has grown increasingly frustrated at his predicament.

The summer arrivals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have pushed him down the Old Trafford pecking order, with Marcus Rashford also getting game-time ahead of him in recent weeks.

Former club Everton and a number of MLS teams have also been linked with the services of the player, who last month became United’s all-time leading goalscorer.

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