First-Team Football Over Pay? Wayne Rooney Contemplates Everton Move

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Wayne Rooney is all set to choose first-team football over his wage demands, as per Sky Sports.

Manchester United’s record goal scorer has been frequently linked with a return to Everton this summer, and he is finally ready to take a pay cut to make the move possible.

The versatile forward seems to be heading back to Merseyside for better opportunity at first team action, having already fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho’s management. The England international scored just 5 goals in 25 league appearances for the Red Devils last season.

While negotiations build up for the arrival of Romelu Lukaku, Wayne Rooney could be seen going the other way.

With England manager Gareth Southgate ‘warning’ Rooney that he needs to be playing regular football in order to be called up to the National Team, the forward is ready to slash his wages down to facilitate the move. The ‘White Pele’ is hoping to get selected for the 2018 World Cup squad, so the decision seems logical.

Meanwhile, United have already found Los Blancos midfielder James Rodriguez as a potential replacement, and are already in talks to bring the Colombian to Old Trafford. While the thought of James, Lukaku, and Paul Pogba playing together seems very intriguing, it spells more bad news for Rooney.

Colombia's James Rodriguez warms up before the match.

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Despite having two years remaining on his current United contract, a move to Everton would certainly make sense for the 31-year-old, as he isn’t as important to the Manchester United squad as he once used to be.


Written by Ashish Sreejith 

Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.


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