There have been numerous reports linking Wayne Rooney with a move to the Major League Soccer in the United States.
Since losing his starting spot under Jose Mourinho, the rumours of a switch to the MLs have intensified. The 31-year old England international has denied reports that he was interested in a move away from Old Trafford to the MLS, China or his boyhood club, Everton.
According to a report by The Independent, there have been no such talks. The report also says that Rooney’s high wages – around £300,000-a-week – would deter clubs in the MLS from signing the player. Sources close to Rooney swear that there has not been any communication between the player, his representatives and any MLS side. There have been numerous ex-Premier League stars in the MLS like Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and others.
Everton coach Ronald Koeman has spoken openly that he was open to signing the player is an opportunity avails itself. Even if Everton were to afford the player’s transfer fee, his salary and benefits would be tough to handle despite their owner’s money. Reports place the transfer fee for the player in the region of £25 million – the same amount United paid to sign Rooney from Everton in 2004. Rooney’s current deal ensures he would receive £300,000 in weekly wages until 2019.
Three Lions former manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson has rejected any move for Rooney by Shanghai SIPG where he is the boss, reports say. Man United would not stand in Rooney’s way of he decides to leave the club, but the player might not be able to hold his own during transfer negotiations going by his recent slump. The player is widely expected to sit out the rest of his current deal before deciding future plans.