Monday 18 December 2017

Wayne Rooney told he can leave Manchester United, but he could be stuck at Old Trafford next season

Wayne Rooney's Manchester United future is in doubt
Wayne Rooney's Manchester United future is in doubt
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is set for an uncertain few weeks after it emerged there is a lack of big money offers on the table to end his 13-year stay at Old Trafford.

Rooney has been informed that the door is open for him to leave United this summer, even though he still has one year left to run on his highly lucrative contract.

While Everton expressed an interest in bringing Rooney back to his former club earlier this year, key members of the Goodison Park club's hierarchy are reluctant to sanction a deal that would drain the spending power of manager Ronald Koeman in this summer's transfer window.

Offers from China are not appealing to Rooney and his young family, while there is a lack of genuine interest from America's Major League Soccer clubs.

Moves to the Middle East have been mentioned, but they also lack appeal for Rooney, who may be forced to accept that he will remain at United until he can secure a free transfer in the summer of 2018.

United are believed to be keen to secure a fee for Rooney this summer and are reluctant to continue paying a chunk of his £300,000-per-week salary if he moves to another club.

It may come down to a decision from Rooney over whether he is prepared to take a wage cut in a bid to secure regular first team football next season, or whether he is happy to remain at United as a bit-part player in manager Jose Mourinho's line-up.

Meanwhile, reports in Spain and Italy suggest United are confident of sealing deals for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic by the end of this month, even though they have yet to agree a fee for either player.

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