Manchester may decide to sell Captain Wayne Rooney to a Chinese Super League club in the summer if they can make a big signing as replacement, reports have suggested.
According to the Manchester Evening News, an offer from a Chinese club has been received by United for Rooney, who was recently ruled out for six weeks with knee injury.
It is reported that the England captain could earn as high as £500,000-a-week in China, but the club will have to sign high-profile replacement that their global partners would approve of to promote their products.
Rooney is expected to usurp Bobby Charlton’s record as the club’s record goalscorer, and he is United sponsors’ most requested player to front their brands, as he is the most marketable player in the current squad, due to his longevity and success at Old Trafford.
The former Premier League champions’ Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward has tried and failed to sign Neymar, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo since he replaced David Gill in 2013, and last week, he admitted the emerging Chinese Super League could benefit United in the transfer market.
“So far, this is the biggest window in preparation for the next season, so I do think there’ll be more activity in the summer, but it’s very, very difficult to predict the impact that will have,” he told the United board in their quarterly conference call.
“If nothing else, it [Chinese Super League]’s another useful market if we’re looking to sell any players,” Woodward added.