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The Telegraphs James Ducker raises this question about the Rooney man. “Manchester United could still sell Wayne Rooney before the close of the Chinese Super League transfer window this month.

Several Chinese clubs chasing Rooney believe there is a chance of striking a deal with United before their transfer window closes a week on Tuesday.

Jose Mourinho has suggested Rooney will remain at Old Trafford until the end of the season as United, who face Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup fifth round at Ewood Park on Sunday, continue to fight on four fronts.

But that situation could change if the United and England captain, who has not started a Premier League game since mid-December, proves receptive to a move over the next 10 days.

Rooney has offers worth at least £32 million a year on the table to move to China while United could command a substantial fee for the 31 year-old, who still has 18 months left on his existing £300,000-a-week contract. A summer move may still seem more likely but Rooney’s Chinese suitors are working hard to make a deal happen.

The commercial value behind signing the existing United and England captain, and all-time leading scorer for his club and country, would be unprecedented in scale for the Chinese and be by far the biggest coup for the rapidly-expanding game in Asia.

Beijing Guoan, who tried and failed to sign Rooney last summer, and Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao are two of the clubs who have been linked with moves for the player.


Rooney is in the process of having a new home built on a sprawling site in the North West but that would have no bearing on whether he moved to China.

Rooney is understood to be ready to play against Blackburn but Mourinho has been cryptic about the striker’s fitness this week, as well as that of midfielder Michael Carrick. The United manager said before Thursday’s Europa League victory against Saint-Etienne that he would not class Rooney as injured but that the player had a muscular problem that would rule him out of the game and there was a similarly opaque message on Friday.

Asked if Rooney and Carrick would be available against Blackburn, Mourinho said: “I want them to be fit. I want them to be ready. Even [on Thursday], if they were, they would be involved [against Saint-Etienne]. I am not sure they will be ready because the game is in two days but let’s see.”

Rooney’s fall down the pecking order at Old Trafford has been marked in recent months, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford Mourinho’s preferred strikers, and his record-breaking 250th goal for United against Stoke City last month was his first in the league since August 14. He has also completed 90 minutes just twice since early December.

Paul Scholes, Rooney’s former United team-mate, suggested in an interview this week that he could not see the player seeing out his contract at Old Trafford if things continue in the same vein.

“If it carries on going the way it is, I can’t,” Scholes said. “Maybe it will be re-assessed at the end of the season if he’s in and out of the team. I don’t see him as a player who will accept that. He will want to be at a team where he’s playing every week.

“It’s a strange one. No one will be more frustrated than Wayne at not playing. Being a sub will be driving him up the wall. When he gets his chance he has to take it because he has real competition. It will be killing him just coming in for the Europa League or the FA Cup. But it’s up to him to get his head down and prove he can play in the big games.”

United will make a late fitness decision on midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who missed the Saint-Etienne game through illness.

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  1. If this happens , with Rooney leaving , there could be fan and public outrage as to his departure . It’s not as if Man United has a clear-cut ready-made prodigious scoring prodigy to replace Wayne Rooney. This is the type non-sensical idiocy Jose Mourinho brings and then wreaks havoc with an organization which he manages. Zlatan Ibrahimovic appears to be a great player , but I am not yet ready to place him alongside the ranks of Wayne Rooney , Ronaldo , Eric Cantona or Mark Hughes !


      1. Ticking like a time bomb.

        I read the piece on Claudio Ranieri and thought it very receptive and on point. I think the board of directors for Leicester City have made a horrendous mistake ! They had the chance to improve the team , be more bold and ambitious , but instead they sat back , basked in the glory of winning the Premiership and forgot about any long-term goals in trying to remain consistent as well as being competitive.


      2. Again it comes down to the mindset of the management executives . I don’t know the hell the mindset has been inside the boardroom of Leicester City , but I don’t believe it bodes well moving forward. It would be interesting to find out what their best player Jamie Vardy thinks about Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal . I don’t think the player will likely tell the world his true feelings on the matter !

        Courtesy of the Leicester City Mercury

        Jamie Vardy film ‘will still go ahead’ despite Claudio Ranieri’s sacking

        By Sam Dimmer

        A film based on the life of Jamie Vardy will still go ahead despite the controversial sacking of title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri.

        The producers of Fearless issued a statement this morning to confirm that they will press ahead with the film.

        Adrian Butchart, Simon Egan and Gareth Ellis-Unwin aid they had been inundated with “questions, comment and concerns” that the decision would derail the firm.

        Read more: Leicester City reported to have ‘sounded out’ Roberto Mancini after sacking Claudio Ranieri

        “It does not,” the statement said. “Leicester City’s successes of 2016 and the remarkable rise to stardom of Jamie Vardy is an inspirational and universal story that simply must get told.

        “We maintain that the film will not only celebrate the successes but provide a worthy record of those events and help fix its place in history.

        “The exceptional cannot be tarnished by failing to repeat it.

        “We wish Leicester City, its players, officers, board and fans the best of luck through their remaining fixtures both here and in Europe.”

        Click on link to read in full.

        I think Jamie Vardy should be concentrating more on team aspirations rather than an autobiographical film about his life .


      3. This is the real problem. Focus Daniel focus. Focus on the game not the other BS. It is very hard to climb to the top of the mountain but it is harder to stay there.


      4. That always tends to be cause and that is why I find it baffling Leicester City nothing to improve on their roster of last season in terms of an upgrade. Hell with all of the money that would have been likely to come in, it is astounding that they did almost nothing.


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