Everton hoping Wayne Rooney puts heart over money this summer

by Leo Nieboer

Wayne Rooney will have to decide between joining boyhood club Everton over the summer and receiving a pay cut or signing a lucrative deal in China, according to reports.

The 31-year-old, speaking soon after Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Ajax, confirmed that there were several offers on the table ahead of the summer transfer window.

It was reported earlier in the season that Everton manager Ronald Koeman had expressed an interest in the ostracised Englishman; other reports have claimed that attempts will be made to make Rooney the face of the Chinese Super League.

And according to the Mirror‘s Simon Mullock, Rooney will have to choose between a two year deal worth £50m to play in China and receiving a pay cut to play for Everton, who won’t be able to match his current wage of £300,000 a week.

Rooney has made it clear that, when contemplating his future over the next few weeks, he will make a “footballing decision”. This was not the case, you feel, when he used both Manchester City and Chelsea as bargaining chips in order to secure a better deal at Old Trafford, but that’s in the past, I guess.

Looking forward, the 31-year-old will, you sense, want to play as much football as possible at the highest level over the next year or so. With this in mind, a move to Goodison Park comes across as the more likely eventuality.

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