Wayne Rooney could be stuck at Manchester United this summer after Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes ruled out a move for the 31-year-old.
It was reported that a move back to Everton could be on the cards for the Englishman following a season on the periphery under Jose Mourinho, but the Toffees are unlikely to move for him due to his arrival’s crippling impact on their wage structure.
Only a Chinese club, according to M.E.N, would be capable of fulfilling his wage demands, but a recent 100 per cent tax imposition on signings in order to try to curb the league’s extravagant spending has placed a move east in doubt as well.
And Scholes has likewise confirmed that Stoke were likewise uninterested in the United skipper.
“Wayne Rooney has been one of the best of his generation,” he said. “He has been and still is a great football player. But there’s been no conversations whatsoever about Wayne Rooney coming to Stoke.”
Rooney, just a year after being at the epicentre of United’s line-up, finds himself in something of an existential crisis all of a sudden.
His wages, to put it simply, simply do not align with the quality he can offer. He could only play for a club of Stoke’s calibre but no club of Stoke’s financial power could afford his wages.
There is, therefore, a decision lying ahead of him: accept a massive wage cut or remain languishing in the backwaters at Old Trafford?