Tuesday 23 January 2018

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney 'on the verge' of China move

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney could be on his way to China
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney could be on his way to China
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Wayne Rooney's supposedly impending move to China is dominating the headlines.

The Sun reported over the weekend that Rooney will move to one of the Chinese Super League's biggest clubs in either Shanghai or Beijing.

The Star has added to the story by stating that Rooney's wife Coleen has given her husband the green light to make the move, even though she is planning on staying in the UK if he does move.

The Chinese transfer window is open until the end of February, so the negotiations could end up taking the best part of a month, but manager Jose Mourinho would not be drawn on the topic after Sunday's 4-0 FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic.

The Mirror though claims that Rooney is 'on the verge' of making the move to the Far East.

Elsewhere, Mourinho has confirmed that Ashley Young is likely to leave the club before the window closes. "The only player that I am aware of possibly leaving is Ashley Young, a player that I would love to keep," Mourinho said on Sunday.

"If I could choose, yes definitely, he will stay with us. We don't have many players and in midfield we don't have many options."

The Mail is reporting that Mourinho may look to bolster his midfield options in January should Young leave, with Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko a possible target.

One midfielder who could be staying at Manchester United is former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, who impressed in a rare start against Wigan yesterday. Schweinsteiger claimed a goal and an assist, and may now stay until the end of the season according to the Manchester Evening News having earlier been frozen out by Mourinho. 

Online Editors

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport