Wayne Rooney may leave Manchester United for China


Wayne Rooney did no go with his Man Utd side to Saint Etienne to battle for a spot in the next round of the UEFA Europa League. Reportedly Rooney is open to moving to the Chinese Super League after being told by his boss Jose Mourinho that he is free to leave Manchester United although Mourinho made it clear that he wants Wazza to stay on until the end of his career. United would prefer to wait until the summer to sell Rooney, 31, even though the club captain is open to leaving before the CSL transfer window closes on February 28. United have named Antoine Griezmann as Rooney’s potential replacement and it remains probable the No.10 will see out his 13th campaign at Old Trafford. Rooney considered joining a Major League Soccer (MLS) club as his first choice but he does not expect a Stateside move to be an option while he is still under contract at United. Rooney’s current deal expires in June 2019.

The Chinese Super League (CSL) has shocked the global football world after spending an amazing £358.4m since the January transfer window opened. Some of the big names who will be competing in the CSL are Oscar, Carlos Tevez, Axel Witsel and John Obi Mikel. In addition former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will serve as manager of Hebei China Fortune while ex-Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is boss at Shanghai SIPG. A year ago Ramires, Alex Texeira and Gervinho all headed to play for Far East clubs  Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney may be the latest big name to link up with a CSL side.

CSL clubs are allowed to have three foreign players in their starting line-ups and Tianjin Quanjian, Jiangsu Suning and Beijing Guoan are the only three clubs who currently have a slot available. Any club in Chinese football's top two tiers has until Tuesday, February 28 to complete a deal while China’s 3rd division has an extended window from March 1 - March 15. If Rooney decides to wait until the summer, the CSL transfer window will reopen on June 19 and close on July 14.

Rooney is already one of the ten top highest paid football players currently in action in Europe and the highest paid football player in the England Premier League.

Wayne Rooney's Manchester United record and honors

Premier League: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
FA Cup: 2016
Football League Cup: 2006, 2010
FA Community Shield: 2007, 2010, 2011, 2016
UEFA Champions League: 2008
FIFA Club World Cup: 2008
Played: 549
Goals: 250

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The world's highest paid players

1. Carlos Tevez £615,000 per-week (Shanghai Shenua)
2. Oscar £400,000 (Shanghai SIPG)
3. Cristiano Ronaldo £365,000* (Real Madrid)
4. Gareth Bale £350,000* (Real Madrid)
5. Lionel Messi £336,000* (Barcelona)
6. Hulk £320,000 (Shanghai SIPG)
7. Wayne Rooney £300,000 (Manchester United)
8. Graziano Pelle £295,000 (Shandong Luneng)
9. Paul Pogba £290,000 (Manchester United)
10. Neymar £275,000* (Barcelona)