Despite the transfer window being closed for English clubs, Wayne Rooney is being linked with an imminent move to China.
And such a move is possible, with the Chinese transfer window not due to shut until Tuesday of next week.
Last night, The Sun reported that Rooney was ready to quit Old Trafford to pen a £1m-a-week contract in the Far East.
The Sun also quoted Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho as saying: “I cannot guarantee that I’m here next week, so how can I guarantee that a player is here next season?
“What I can guarantee is that if one day Wayne leaves the club it is not because I want him to leave the club.”
Similarly, The Mirror claim that United have given Rooney the green light to leave for China immediately.
The Mirror’s wage claims – they say Rooney would earn around £750,000 weekly – are lower than those printed by The Sun, but the general gist of the reports are the same.
After these claims were published last night, Sky Sports provided an update this morning.
Sky name Guangzhou Evergrande and Beijing Guoan as two of several CSL clubs who have contacted Rooney’s representatives with offers, while they also suggest that a transfer to China could land the 31-year-old £750,000 per week.
However, Sky suggest that Rooney is unlikely to leave United before the Chinese transfer window closes.
United play the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie with Saint-Etienne in France tonight.
The Red Devils remain among the favourites on odds comparison sites to lift the trophy.
And they should have no problem reaching the next round, despite being without Rooney, who is ruled out with a “minor leg injury”, per BBC Sport.
United take a 3-0 lead to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, thanks to a first-leg hat-trick by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.