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Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 172

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Everton have completed the signing of Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, 13 years after he departed his boyhood club as a teenager.
Rooney, now 31, became United's top scorer in a trophy laden career at the club. However, he was at best a squad player under José Mourinho last season and it has been clear for while that Rooney's heart has been set on a return to his Merseyside home. United manager José Mourinho paid tribute to Rooney in a club statement about his departure, while chief executive Ed Woodward also sung the England top scorer's praises. Rooney himself expressed his delight at the move, revealing that he has secretly worn Everton pyjamas in all his time as a United player. He described potentially winning a trophy with Everton as "the pinnacle". United have reported waived any transfer fee for the player and may be contributing to a portion of Rooney's hefty salary. That said, the deal suits both clubs. United are expected to announce the signing of Romelu Lukaku on Monday. The number 10 jersey he has vacated will be filled by Rooney. Jul 10 - 1:14 AM
Source: BBC Sport

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is set to return to Everton on a free transfer.

BBC Sport are reporting that there is "quiet optimism" that the deal will be closed in spite of interest from a variety of other clubs. As part of the transfer, United may even contribute some of Rooney's £13 million per annum wage bill. Rooney is entering the final year of his current deal at Old Trafford in 2017/18, but there is no intention on the club's side that that period be extended further. Meanwhile Rooney was quoted in May saying he'd like to stay at the club but he was quick to add that he also needs to play football. Rooney's transfer is independent to Romelu Lukaku's move in the opposite direction, though The Guardian are reporting that the Rooney deal is notionally considered as part of a £100 million agreement for the Belgian's signature.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 7 - 10:26 PM

Manchester United record goalscorer Wayne Rooney is subject to rampant speculation regarding a potential move back to his boyhood club, Everton.

The BBC are reporting that there is "increased momentum" behind Everton's pursuit of the veteran striker. Everton were heavily linked with a move for Rooney earlier in the window, but they appeared to shrink back from the possibility as time wore on. However, a deal now seems to be on the table again, after Rooney's agent Paul Stretford met the Toffees' Chairman Bill Kenwright on Wednesday. While a number of PL clubs are interested in signing Rooney, he himself has previously stated he would not play for another PL club after his United career other than Everton. An agreement would suit both clubs, with the Red Devils looking to offload the fading and non-playing Rooney's large salary. Everton, meanwhile, are ambitiously going about their business this summer as they aim to break the glass ceiling into the Top Six. The arrival of a highly marketable player like Rooney would be a huge coup from a global marketing point of view.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 5 - 3:35 PM

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has confirmed that his club have not entered discussions with Manchester United over the mooted signing of Alvaro Morata.

Reports claim that Morata's agent, Juanma Lopez, has spoken to Madrid in an effort to secure his client's departure for the club. The same agent has also confirmed that AC Milan have already had a bid rejected for the Spaniard. Speaking to El Primer Palo radio, Perez said: "I believe we are not negotiating with Manchester United, which does not mean that there are not people around him who are talking, which is normal." He went on to establish that reports claiming a fee has been agreed between the clubs are false. Morata's name has appeared to have been at the top of José Mourinho's wishlist all summer as a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, however United may have to meet Real's €80 million valuation of the striker to whisk the player away to England if some reports are correct.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 28 - 6:35 PM

Manchester United striker and captain Wayne Rooney has been told he can leave the club this summer, but he is struggling to find a potential destination.

Rooney has been at Old Trafford for 13 years since arriving as a young man from Everton but he has been informed that he can leave the club this transfer window if he wishes even though he has a year to run on his current contract. There has been a lack of genuine interest from potential suitors for Rooney, who is reluctant to go to China or the Middle East with his family. Presumed interest from MLS sides has not materialised, while Rooney's boyhood club Everton have recoiled early interest as the club's upper echelons has signalled their disapproval of such an expensive deal for the declining player. The Red Devils are holding out for a trasnfer fee for Rooney's services and are not keen on a loan deal where they are forced to contribute to Rooney's £300,000 per week salary. The future is in Wayne's hands, stay at United and earn good money, or take a pay cut to fight for regular first team minutes elsewhere.
Jun 23 - 10:15 PM

His future maybe undecided, but Wayne Rooney is already back on the training pitches and getting ready for the new campaign.

Rooney said he had "more or less" decided on his next steps when the season finished, although he did admit that it would take a few weeks to finalise those plans. United begin their pre-season programme in July, when they take on LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake before facing rivals Manchester City in Houston, Texas. Rooney still has a year remaining on his current deal, but a lack of game time, combined with his omission from the latest England squad may see the former Three Lions captain move on with "lots of offers on the table, both in England and abroad." Rooney started just 15 Premier League games [1538 minutes] during 2016/17, the lowest since arriving at the club 13 years ago.
Source: talkSPORT
Jun 20 - 4:44 AM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho is desperate to bring Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata to Old Trafford.

The release of Zlatan Ibrahimovic when his current contract expires on June 30th was confirmed this week, and United are keen to replace him with the Spanish international. However, Morata's path to Manchester is obstructed by the friction which has developed between the European giants over Madrid's long-term pursuit of goalkeeper David De Gea. Morata himself is thought to have told his club that he wishes to move to United and he is keen to sign on within the next week before he leaves for his honeymoon. United refuse to pay over £60m for the striker, having seen a £52m opening bid rejected. Morata wants to restart his career after enduring a frustrating time at his boyhood club either side of a one year period with Juventus, He has made just 37 La Liga appearances in four years.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 9 - 8:58 PM

It will prove to be a summer of intrigue for Wayne Rooney, but the forward said he has a good idea of what he wants to do.

"More or less, yeah...I've got decisions to make now over the next few weeks, have a word with my family, and then I'll decide. I think I just have to make a decision in terms of a football decision, and that's what I'll do. I'll do that the next few weeks with my family while I'm away and, honestly, as soon as I know what's going on then, I'm sure you [will know]." The Manchester United icon has been linked with a move to China while also drawing interest from Stoke City and Everton after becoming a glorified substitute under Jose Mourinho this summer.
Source: Sky Sports
May 29 - 7:08 AM

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has said that his future will be decided in the next fortnight, one way or another.

His manager at Atleti, Diego Simeone, had previously admitted a move away from the club was possible but this is the strongest statement yet from the player himself. When asked to rate his chances of moving to United out of ten, Griezmann said "Six". He went on to rate his chances of staying put and signing a new contract at "Seven". He completely ruled out a cross-city move to Real Madrid. Sky's Spanish Football expert Guillem Balague has claimed that Griezmann is holding out to discover if United will play in the Champions League next season before coming to a decision. Balague expects United to trigger the Frenchman's buyout clause of €100 million to make the deal go through.
Source: Sky Sports
May 23 - 9:11 AM

The Guardian are today reporting that Manchester United have had a £72 million offer for Monaco's Kylian Mbappé rejected.

Mbappé, 18, has been the focus of intense speculation in recent weeks after helping his side to the Champions League semi-finals and to the cusp of the Ligue 1 title. The French club have reject United's approach, instead demanding a world-record £100 million bid for the player they hope to retain for another season. Monaco believe that his value will inflate further by the summer of 2018, when they would be willing to relinquish their hold on the Frenchman. Thus, he is not expected to depart the principality just yet. United are chasing a number of other targets, including Antoine Griezmann to replace the outgoing Rooney and Ibrahimovic, as well as others to strengthen a number of positions such as Kroos, Fabinho and Tiemoué Bakayoko. Their success in these efforts will be largely decided by whether or not they can secure Champions League football next term.
Source: The Guardian
May 4 - 1:06 PM

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney may return to his side's starting XI to face Swansea on Sunday.

Rooney, 31, has not played in midfield in his short spells on the pitch during José Mourinho's tenure as manager, but played there regularly under Van Gaal. Mourinho made a brash statement about this when he took the United post, claiming that ""ith me he will never be a No. 6, not even a No. 8" however it appears that injuries and suspensions will force the Portuguese to U-turn on his statement. When quizzed in his pre-match press conference on whether Rooney was be viewed as a midfield option for the weekend, Mourinho explained: "Yes, he’s an option... We don’t have [any other players there]. We have Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick and nothing else. And Tim Fosu-Mensah, like [against City], an emergency to help the team, he’ s another who we will miss, so we are in trouble but we will fight, that’s for sure."
Source: The Guardian
Apr 28 - 2:25 PM

Manchester United appear to be edging closer to signing Atlético Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann in the summer.

Griezmann's agent, Eric Olhats, had claimed that the Premier League club have shown "concrete interest" in signing the France international. In an interview with French TV, Olhats said: "There is an unavoidable €100m clause so that restricts the number of candidates. You have United, [Manchester] City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid. United were the first to come and see us and the most concrete in their wishes." United's lack of goals and over-reliance on Zlatan Ibrahimovic this term has been their Achilles Heel, with United constantly linked with Griezmann all season as a consequence.
Source: The Guardian
Apr 25 - 8:22 AM

It's difficult to imagine Manchester United this season without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but a familiar face helped to fill his shoes.

In a 2-0 win against Burnley, Wayne Rooney made a surprise cameo appearance in the starting lineup after only just returning from a month sidelined by various injuries to his aging ankle, and the Manchester United captain reminded fans that he can still deliver with a goal in the 39th minute, pouncing on a saved shot from Anthony Martial for his third goal of the season. But it was Martial who stole the spotlight, scoring a goal and recording an assist after also returning to the starting lineup for Marcus Rashford, who started and played 120 minutes on Thursday in Europa League.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 11:10 AM

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is in line to take a place on the bench for United's Europa League quarter-final second leg clash with Anderlecht on Thursday.

Rooney, 31, has been sidelined for United's last four games due to an ankle injury. However, manager Jose Mourinho revealed that Rooney completed training on Wednesday, and would be named on the bench if he came through the session "positively". Mourinho also explained that Rooney "is a player that can be useful and if we need a goal he can help us."
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 20 - 9:47 AM

Wayne Rooney's injury hell appears to be coming to an end with the Manchester United captain set to return tomorrow night.

Manager Jose Mourinho said that he hopes to have the 31-year-old on the bench to face Anderlecht in the Europe League quarterfinal second leg on Thursday, given he comes through training unscathed. Rooney has missed much of the last month after suffering a series of ankle injuries to both ankles that have nagged at him throughout the season. "He's working now, he's improving and if in this training session [this afternoon] the answer is positive, I would select him to be on the bench tomorrow," Mourinho said. "...He has not had big problems during the season but he had a few small problems and when you get into a certain age, it's a little bit more difficult to recover."
Apr 19 - 12:09 PM