Chinese club launch massive £100m bid for Wayne Rooney
Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua are believed to have approached Manchester United over a potential £100m deal to sign their captain Wayne Rooney.
United have declined to comment on reports that they have received an offer of around £30m for their 30-year-old skipper, yet an offer of that magnitude would have to tempt the Old Trafford club to contemplate a deal ahead of what is likely to be a huge summer revamp that is likely to include the arrival of a new manager.
Rooney’s desire to swap Manchester for Shanghai is unclear, but the contract for offer to the England skipper to become one of the leading lights of the Chinese football revolution would have to tempt a player edging towards the twilight of his career.
This news follows from the comments offered up by United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward last week, as he offered a view that his club may benefit from selling star names to Chinese clubs if the price was right.
“I do think there will be more activity coming in the summer, but it is very difficult to predict what kind of impact that will have,” stated Woodward when asked about how the injection of cash from Chinese clubs could affect the European transfer market.
“If nothing else, it's another useful market if we are looking to sell players.”
Suggestions that Rooney could be handed a £500,000-a-week three-year deal to move to China would represent a huge increase on his current £300,000-a-week salary and the offer may come at an intriguing moment for the striker who is closing in on Bobby Charlton’s all-time Man Utd scoring record.
While Rooney has bounced back into some kind of decent form in the opening weeks of 2016, there are still doubts over his continued abilities to shine at the highest levels of the game, with many United fans questioning his future at the club in the last 18 months.
Now there are reports that United may be prepared to sell Rooney this summer to pave the way for new marquee names arriving at Old Trafford, with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Tottenham striker Harry Kane continuing to be linked with moves to Old Trafford.
Rooney’s role as the ‘brand leader’ at United would mean his departure could alarm some of the club’s 70 sponsors, but his exit could be acceptable if fresh stars arrive in his place.
The explosion of the Chinese Super League has seen a host of high profile players make lucrative moves to the Far East in recent weeks, with midfielder Ramires’ switch from Chelsea to Jiangsu Suning one of many eye-catching deals.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Ezequiel Lavezzi and Colombian striker Jackson Martinez have also signed up for the Chinese league in the last month, but the signature of Rooney would be the biggest coup yet.