Wayne Rooney is all set to leave Manchester United next summer. His agent, Paul Stretford, was in China on Wednesday to hold talks with interested parties in the Far East.
Rooney understands that any rash decision could bring about a premature end to his England career. However, at the same time, he is frustrated by the lack of game time under Jose Mourinho.
He has started in just eight Premier League matches this season so unless he gets regular first-team football, it would be wise of him to move elsewhere and sites likes Football Talk are confident he’ll be on the move soon.
Mourinho claimed earlier this week that Rooney could leave for China this month, but it seems the England striker will remain at Old Trafford till June.
According to reports from The Times, United are expected to hand Rooney a pay-off should he leave the club in the summer.
Rooney will have 12 months left on his current deal when the next Chinese transfer window opens, and United could pay him the reminder of his wages, which is around £15.6m.
Also, Rooney is certain to be honoured with a loyalty bonus and the amount will be huge. Wazza, as he is affectionately known, has been at the club since 2004, when he joined from Everton in a £27m deal.
Previously, Robin van Persie was paid a bonus by United, believed to be around £8.4m, after just three years at the club.
Rooney missed United’s 1-0 win away to Saint-Etienne because of a hamstring injury suffered 18 days ago. He is also doubtful for Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Southampton at Wembley. However, Mourinho could hand him a place, if he is fit, in place of the injured Henrikh Mkhitaryan.