Wayne Rooney has reportedly turned down a nine-figure deal to play in China from Chinese side Shanghai SIPG.
As per the Bleacher Report, Chinese Super League clubs such as Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai Shenhua has previously lured the likes of Alex Teixeira, Ramires, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Jackson Martinez “to the far east in big-money deals”.
Sources state that the sum would at least be at $191 million (£100 million) over three years.
You can have a look at an excerpt taken from Journalist Piers Morgan’s column with the Daily Mail.
“My phone rang at 11pm tonight [February 20]. It was England football captain Wayne Rooney,” he wrote.
“He wanted to discuss his forthcoming Manchester United testimonial plans this summer.
“But we also talked about reports in the papers this week that he’s been offered ridiculous sums of money to go and play in China for Shanghai, a team managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson.
“It’s true, he said.
“How big a salary are we talking?”
“Come on,” “I prodded,” “make me sick.
“He then revealed a figure, based on a three-year deal, so stupendously, stratospherically gigantic that it did indeed make me feel instantly nauseous. (Without giving too much away, let’s just say it included eight noughts…) I literally gasped in horror, prompting him to add a final killer blow: “After tax!”
Rooney is one of the highest earners in the English Premier League but his form has hit a rough patch due to injuries. Also, earlier reports stated that he wasn’t comfortable under the supervision of Manchester United’s current manager, Louis Van Gaal.
Fans believe that he would follow in the footsteps of his England team-mates Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, to finish his career in England.
Rooney has missed the last six games with the Reds after damaging his knee ligaments. He is expected to return by the end of this month.