Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney was recently linked with a transfer move to Chinese Super League.
The reports claimed that the 30-year-old had received a huge offer from a Chinese club for a summer move. However, it was later claimed that the player had turned down the move as he was concentrating on his testimonial game with the club in the summer and also on breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record for United.
According to celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan, Rooney has confided in him that he indeed received a huge offer to play his trade in China. Morgan claims that the England skipper was offered a whopping 100-million-salary after tax in a three-year deal.
Chinese clubs have spent a huge amount of money on the likes of Paulinho, Jackson Martinez, Gervinho, Ramires and Alex Teixeira recently, but the signing of Rooney would have been the most high-profile one yet.
However, Morgan thinks that Rooney will play for the Red Devils for at least another year or two.
He writes in his column on Daily Mail:
“My phone rang at 11pm. It was England football captain Wayne Rooney.
“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-Göran Eriksson.
“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!
“My guess is Rooney won’t leave United for another year or two. But one thing’s for sure, the Chinese are coming for world football and as with everything they do in business, they seem to have almost limitless sums of cash with which to dominate it.”