LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United warms up during the EFL Cup Final match between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on February 26, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Twist in Wayne Rooney’s Man United future as Stoke, Everton circle

Wayne Rooney & Man United

The Times on Monday have an update on what’s going on with England and Man United’s all-time leading goalscorer, Wayne Rooney.

Last season Rooney fell down the pecking order at Old Trafford, as his stature and standing took a nosedive.

In the end, Rooney only scored five Premier League goals in 15 appearances, while he scored 10 goals in 49 games in all competitions.

Whether the 31-year-old remains at Old Trafford next season is up for debate. His contract with the Red Devils runs until 2019, however few believe Rooney is a first team starter for United.

Where’s he going?

Monday, June 19 sees the transfer window in China reopen.

Could Rooney be heading for a massive financial news to the CSL? The Times pour cold water on that suggestion, telling readers:

There remains specific interest from five money-flushed sides in the Far East, including Tianjin Quanjian and Jiangsu Suning, who this week appointed Fabio Capello as their new manager, but the perception that China offers his only escape route is flawed.

The broadsheet reports that “two of the big three in Turkey have registered interest along with clubs in Italy and Spain — and also the United States”.

As for Rooney moving to another Premier League club, Everton are still in the mix, as are Stoke, however the Potters would need Rooney to take a 50% pay cut to complete that move.

Staying put?

The smart money could now be on Wayne Rooney remaining at Man United in 2017-18.

The Times expected the forward to head off on Man United’s pre-season tour to America on July 8, while perhaps the most important nugget of information reported by the Times was the following:

Staying at Old Trafford is not some sort of last resort for Rooney.

Jose Mourinho, the United manager, wants to keep him, aware that a player who made 25 Premier League appearances last season will have a role to play even if, at 31, he will not be the first name on his team-sheet.