Man United saved £31m thanks to Wayne Rooney’s payoff

Man United & Wayne Rooney

Last summer Wayne Rooney left man United to rejoin his boyhood club Everton.

Rooney left Old Trafford with his named etched in the United history books as the club’s all-time record goalscorer.

Since returning to Everton, Rooney has scored three goals in eight Premier League match.

Payoff saved £31 million

On Wednesday, the Sun have looked into the finances behind the Rooney to Everton deal.

According to the tabloid, Man United made an enormous financial saving paying off Rooney to return to Goodison Park. Readers are told the following:

The former England striker still had two years left on his deal at Old Trafford but United were so desperate to move him on they paid him £10m to leave.

(Had Rooney stayed at Man United) his salary plus loyalty bonuses over that period would have cost £31m more than just the £10m they forked out to ease his exit.

Rooney was earning 300,000 pounds a week at Old Trafford.

Rooney’s Old Trafford return

A few months ago it was revealed that United have an option to bring Rooney back to Old Trafford.

Rather than being a return to Man United to play football, the option for Rooney’s return relates to the club’s future commercial and marketing opportunities. The Times revealed:

United inserted a clause into Rooney’s final contract at Old Trafford that stated the 31-year-old would be entitled to take on an ambassadorial role at the end of his playing career and it is understood that the offer is still on the table.

Trouble for Everton

Last weekend Everton drew 1-1 away at Brighton.

The Dutch boss went to the south coast under huge pressure with his side losing four of their last five league matches.

Many are now predicting Ronald Koeman’s exit from the club.

Next weekend Everton take on Arsenal at Goodison Park.