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English Premier League 2015-16

Nice work if you can get it – Wayne Rooney could get HK$5.5 million a WEEK in Chinese Super League

British reports claim Manchester United are ready to sell their star player – but only if they can get another marquee signing first

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 February, 2016, 11:10am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 February, 2016, 1:23pm

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney is the latest big name to be linked with a move to China, with the Mirror and Manchester Evening News reporting that the club are ready to cash in.

The local paper, which has close ties to the club, says United are willing to let the England striker go in the summer, but only if they have another marquee name in place first.

And they say that Rooney could earn £500,000 a week – HK$5.5 million – in the mainland.

The Mirror claims that United have accepted a £27 million bid from Shanghai Shenhua, though they would need to replace one of their existing foreign players after signing Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins this week.

Rooney, 30, has been far from his best in recent season and is currently sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury.

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But if not the same force on the pitch, he’s still huge for United off it in marketing terms, and the MEN reports that “United would need to offset his potential departure with an eminent replacement their global partners would approve of to promote their products”.

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward admitted last week in a conference call with investors that China had changed the parameters in the transfer market.

“Of course it can [have an impact],” he said.

“So far, this is the biggest window in preparation for the next season, so I do think there’ll be more activity in the summer, but it’s very, very difficult to predict the impact that will have.

“If nothing else, it’s another useful market if we’re looking to sell any players.”