Friday 20 October 2017

Rooney tells pals he's off to Everton

Wayne Rooney set to return to Everton. Photo: PA
Wayne Rooney set to return to Everton. Photo: PA

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Wayne Rooney has told his Manchester United teammates he is signing for Everton. It has always been Rooney's first choice to return to his boyhood club, whom he left as an 18-year-old in 2004, with the Toffees offering a financial package of around £150,000 (€170,000) per week and United waiving a transfer fee.

The move comes as Romelu Lukaku prepares to go the other way after the two clubs finally agreed a fee believed to be in the region of £75m (€85m).

While Rooney's transfer isn't specifically linked, it is understood it has been crucial in the overall smoothness of the negotiations between the parties, unlike Chelsea's talks with Everton over the Belgian.

England captain Rooney fell out of favour under Jose Mourinho at United last season before losing his place in Gareth Southgate's international squad, which also prompted him to assess his options this summer.

United would have been willing to let Rooney go to the Chinese Super League at the end of February but the 31-year-old still felt he had more to offer at Premier League level and was also determined to ensure he was in the England team for the 2018 World Cup, due to be held in Russia.

That would have been almost impossible had he made the move to China, and it is understood Rooney's representatives were put off by the standard of football there.

Everton's offer marks a considerable pay-cut given Rooney currently earns around £300,000, but it is believed he is willing to accept the offer such is the pull of his former club.

Rooney will join Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramirez and Henry Onyekuru as part of an extensive summer recruitment drive on the blue half of Merseyside.

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