Wayne Rooney’s proposed move to Everton could be completed over the weekend, according to reports in the UK.
Rooney’s future has been the subject of speculation for months, yet the 31-year-old moved a step closer to rejoining boyhood club Everton earlier this week when Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright held talks with the striker’s agent.
Those discussions appear to have gone well, with United thought to be prepared to let Rooney leave on a free transfer, while the player himself is ready to take a pay cut.
Wayne Rooney for #mufc:
5x Premier League
1x FA Cup
3x League Cup
1x Champions League
1x Europa League
1x Club World Cup
Living legend. pic.twitter.com/dsxT5GkLFo
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) July 7, 2017
A deal for Rooney could even be completed over the weekend, with United heading to the USA on Sunday for their pre-season tour.
The transfer of the ex-England skipper is not connected to United’s pursuit of Everton frontman Romelu Lukaku, although he will take the place of the Belgian in the Merseyside club’s striking ranks.
Wayne Rooney willing to take a big pay cut to move back to Everton from Manchester United. Deal close
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 7, 2017
Rooney only has 12 months remaining on his contract at Old Trafford and although United have the option to extend that by another year, that has not appeared a likely prospect after he started just 15 Premier League games last season.
He will return to the club where he broke through the ranks as a teenager, before joining United in a £27million move in 2004.