In recent weeks there had been speculation surrounding a potential big money move to China for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
According to journalist and celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan, Wayne Rooney revealed that he had indeed received a ridiculous sum of money to play in Shanghai for Sven-Göran Eriksson.
The 30-year-old forward struggled in the first half of the 2015/16 campaign but has since re-found his goalscoring touch since the turn of the year, notching seven goals within a month before suffering a knee injury.
Captain of club and country, Wayne Rooney has no intention of leaving Old Trafford just yet but the figures being bandied around are simply outrageous.
Paulinho, Tim Cahill, Jackson Martinez, Gervinho, Ramires and Alex Teixeira are just a few of the big name stars who have recently accepted hefty paydays to play in the Chinese Super League.
Read the excerpt from Piers Morgan’s Daily Mail column below.
My phone rang at 11pm tonight. 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.
‘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!’
‘There’s another advantage I can see,’ I said.
‘The Chinese fans won’t realise how slow you’ve got.’
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.
By the way, the minimum figure eight noughts could be is one hundred million. Holy cow.