Rooney return to Everton hasn’t turned out like anyone hoped

As reported by The Daily Mirror, Everton are ready to say goodbye to Wayne Rooney this summer and will listen to offers for his signature when the transfer window opens.

What’s the story?

The Toffees are set for a summer of rebuilding after another disappointing season in the English Premier League, with the future of key players and even management staff uncertain under the rule of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

One player that could be set for an exit is Wayne Rooney, with The Mirror reporting that the club are ready to sanction the sale of the player after a lacklustre return from Manchester United.

Rated at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, is he a player that they should be willing to part with in the close season?

Is it time for him to leave?

With 10 goals in the Premier League this term, Rooney may have had a disappointing campaign at Everton but he is still the club’s top scorer. His initial return to his boyhood heroes was positive, scoring all ten of those goals before the Christmas period.

However, with no goals in his last 16 matches, question marks have been raised about his performances, with many wondering whether he still has the ability or desire to perform at the elite level.

There’s every chance that a new manager to spark a revival in his fortunes, but if there’s money on the table for him this summer, it would be tempting to take it from Everton’s perspective, who would also get extra resources from his salary coming off the wage bill.

Now 32, there’s the reported potential of cash rich clubs from the likes of MLS or the Chinese Super League interested in his services, which could be a good move for all concerned.