Chinese giants Shanghai SIPG are plotting a staggering move for Wayne Rooney and are ready to pay the Manchester United captain £75m to relocate to the Far East, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
The England skipper is widely considered to be one of the planet’s most recognisable footballers after a glittering career at club level with the Red Devils, which has included numerous domestic and European honours.
However, at the age of 30 there is much debate surrounding Rooney’s ability to play at the very highest level, and reports claim that Shanghai SIPG are ready to pounce and make him the poster boy of the Chinese Super League.
It’s understood that the club, managed by ex-Three Lions chief Sven Goran Eriksson, are willing to pay the Old Trafford icon £75m over three years which breaks down to £460,000-per-week.
The club are thought to be prepared to wait for Rooney, who has three years to run on his current contract, but are open to doing a deal as soon as possible.
Shanghai SIPG are one of many heavily-backed teams in China, and already boast ex-Sunderland man Asamoah Gyan and Argentine playmaker Dario Conca – who shot to fame when his vast earnings put him alongside the best paid players on the planet a few years ago – in their first-team squad.