Stoke City are planning a shocking transfer deal for Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney with the backing of their sponsors, Bet365.
As per reports from Mirror, Stoke boss and former United striker Mark Hughes is said to be the brains behind the move. As claimed by the British daily, Hughes is trying to tempt Rooney to stay in the Premier League and ignore offers from China and USA.
The project, which is financed by the club’s shirt sponsors Bet365, is a gamble that the club is willing to take. A £45 million package to lure the Manchester United superstar to the Bet365 Stadium is being prepared by the online gambling firm, founded by Stoke’s chairman Peter Coates, is claimed to be a comfortable task considering their financial clout.
However, one of the major problems that the Potters will be facing in order to persuade the 31-year-old is that Rooney had insisted after the Europa League final win over Ajax on Wednesday that he won’t play for any Premier League clubs other than Manchester United and Everton.
The Englishman has been linked with a return to his boyhood club, but till now, there has been no approach from Goodison Park for the United captain, who has a year left on his £300,000-a-week contract.
Nonetheless, United could also cash in on the striker for nothing less than £20 million if he opts to go to the Chinese Super League, but as it appears, Stoke’s interest in Rooney could help the forward stay close to his Merseyside roots.
Rooney has claimed that he would be discussing all the options with his family on their holiday before making a final decision on his future.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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