Man United could offer a goodwill gesture to Rooney as exit looms

According to The Sun, Man Utd are ready to pay off Wayne Rooney in an effort to secure a deal to take him away from Old Trafford – with a Premier League move a possibility.

What’s the word? 

Wayne Rooney is, undoubtedly, a Manchester United legend, but his time at Old Trafford is beginning to wind down.

The Englishman has been a regular since he moved to the club in 2004, but under Jose Mourinho, he has found his minutes severely limited. With the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata often given a starting berth, Rooney’s game time is unlikely to increase going forward.

A move away does make sense, then, and with Ronald Koeman recently confirming that he is interested in taking the striker to Goodison Park, could an Everton switch be on the cards?

There is certainly a chance, with The Sun now reporting that United are willing to pay off Wayne Rooney if he was to leave the club, that the Red Devils could even be willing to compensate him for the remaining time he has left on his current contract. It is also reported that they will not stand in his way if he wants to move to another Premier League club.

Does it make sense?

On a basic level, Wayne Rooney will likely be keen to remain in the Premier League – this is certainly a boost for him. A return to Everton would likely be a dream scenario for him, and these circumstances would almost certainly allow that to happen on a financial level.

His lack of a transfer fee would mean that Everton would be able to spare more funds and direct them into his wages, meaning that he will likely be more affordable for The Toffees.

Whilst it may seem like a foolish move for United financially, the deal likely serves as a goodwill gesture for Rooney’s years of service, and that will extend beyond financial considerations. The idea of getting him off the wage bill will also be beneficial in the long term, too.

This could serve as a great deal for all parties.