Rooney rebuffs $135 million offer from China

England star Wayne Rooney is understood to have rejected an eye-watering $135 million three-year deal to reunite with Sven-Goran Eriksson in China, after being told by Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal he is free to leave Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney

Rooney was on target for the Red Devils in the Premier League last weekend with a sublime back-heel flick finish against Swansea Source: Getty Images



Former England boss Eriksson’s Shanghai SIPG want Rooney, 30, to spearhead their AFC Champions League bid – with the Swede viewing the Red Devils striker as the man to send the profile of Chinese football soaring.

Advertisement
Shanghai SIPG have tabled a $34 million offer to United to snare captain Rooney during the January transfer window, with the Old Trafford icon still having three years to run on his $550,000-a-week contract.

However, Rooney - who would pocket $45 million a season in his great haul from China - has told Van Gaal he is staying put for now and won’t be joining the likes of Socceroos star Tim Cahill, Robinho, Asamoah Gyan and Demba Ba in football’s new frontier.

With van Gaal planning to freshen his striking stocks and Rooney’s once piercing presence now blunted, he has been informed by the Dutchman that his place as a starter is no longer guaranteed at Old Trafford.

Rooney, who has won five Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League crown in his 11 years with the Red Devils, scored United’s winner as they squeezed home 2-1 against relegation-threatened Swansea City last weekend.



While he retains iconic status among the many fans, he is viewed by many others as a fading force. The usually reliable goal flow has slowed to a trickle this season with Rooney scoring just three in 16 league games, with his overall United tally standing at 173 goals in 356 Premier League games.

Eriksson, who is willing to offer Rooney a three-year deal with the club, which finished second in the CSL last season, is proving dogged in his pursuit of a player he believes will take Chinese football "to the next level".

"Football is becoming huge here and they have very big ambitions for the Chinese Super League," Eriksson told The Sun in November.

"Rooney is at another level. He is top, top, top - in the same category as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo."



The bid to land Rooney coincides with him being named England Player of the Year for 2015, retaining the title he won in 2014.

The Three Lions skipper earned 37 per cent of the votes cast by members of the England Supporters Club and has now won it four times.

He netted five England goals last year, overtaking Sir Bobby Charlton as his country's record goalscorer during EURO 2016 qualification.


Share
Watch the FIFA World Cup, Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España, Dakar Rally, World Athletics / ISU Championships (and more) via SBS On Demand – your free live streaming and catch-up service.
Have a story or comment? Contact Us

Watch the FIFA World Cup, Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España, Dakar Rally, World Athletics / ISU Championships (and more) via SBS On Demand – your free live streaming and catch-up service.
Watch nowOn Demand
Follow SBS Sport
3 min read
Published 6 January 2016 at 7:55am
By David Lewis