Wayne Rooney Set For Free Transfer To Everton
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney looks set to return to Everton (from whence he came) over the weekend on a free transfer. Rooney arrived at Everton’s Finch Park training ground on Saturday July 8, 2017 to have a medical, according to BBC Merseyside Sport.
Rooney, 31, wants to return to Goodison – 13 years after he left for Old Trafford. Reports say United will waive a fee and may also fund part of Rooney’s £13m wages. He is unlikely to be part of the Manchester United party who leave for their pre-season tour of the United States on Sunday.
Wayne Rooney could become an Everton player by this weekend, according to reports. The Manchester United forward has been linked with his former club, Everton, during the summer transfer window, and the BBC’s chief football writer Phil McNulty says talks have been ongoing between the player’s representative, Paul Stretford, and Everton chairman Bill Kenwright.
“This is now a case of when rather than if with this deal. Some well informed sources have suggested it could be finalised by the weekend.”
Rooney signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract during the 2013-14 campaign, which included the option of a further season, but the Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, and the club’s board have no intention of triggering that clause.
The future of the former England captain, who started 15 Premier League games last season, has been the subject of speculation for several months. Rooney’s future at Old Trafford became suspect since he lost form, lost his legendary speed and couldn’t maintain his precise, direct and precision-driven passes – which invariably led to being benched on regular occasions at home and away matches – especially since boss Jose Mourinho took charge at Old Trafford.
It became obvious that Rooney will exit Old Trafford, since his benching by Mourinho, and you know what? Rooney wants to play football – period! Asked in May this year whether he wanted to stay at Old Trafford, Rooney said: “Of course. I’ve been at this club for 13 years, but I want to play football.”
Rooney began his career at Everton [(Goodison Park) (photo: above)] before joining United for £27m in August 2004.
Short BIO: Wayne Rooney
Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English professional footballer who played for Everton and captains the England national team. He has played much of his football as a forward and he has also been used in various midfield roles. He is the record goalscorer for the England national team and for Manchester United. He is also the former captain of Manchester United.
Aged nine, Rooney joined the youth team of Everton, for whom he made his professional debut in 2002 at the age of 16. He spent two seasons at Everton before moving to Manchester United for £25.6 million in the 2004 summer transfer window.
As a United player, United won the Premier League five times, the UEFA Champions League once, the FIFA Club World Cup once, the FA Community Shield four times, the Football League Cup thrice, the FA Cup once and the UEFA Europa League once.
In September 2013, Rooney scored his 200th goal for Manchester United. He is currently on 253 goals in all competitions which makes him the United’s top goalscorer of all time. His 198 Premier League goals make him the competition’s second top scorer of all time, behind Alan Shearer. Rooney holds the record for most goals for one club in the Premier League, with 183 for Manchester United.
Rooney made his senior international debut in February 2003 aged 17, becoming the youngest player to represent England (a record since broken by Theo Walcott) and he is England’s youngest ever goalscorer. He played at UEFA Euro 2004 and scored four goals, briefly becoming the youngest goalscorer in the history of the European Championship.
Rooney has since featured at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups and is widely regarded as England’s best player. He has won the England Player of the Year award four times, in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2015. With 53 goals in 119 international caps, Rooney is England’s all-time record goalscorer and second most-capped player, behind Peter Shilton. Along with David Beckham, Rooney is the most red-carded player for England, having been sent off twice.
In 2009–10, Rooney was awarded the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year. He has won the Premier League Player of the Month award five times, a record only bettered by Steven Gerrard. He came fifth in the vote for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or and was named in the FIFPro World 11 for 2011. Rooney has won the Goal of the Season award by the BBC’s Match of the Day poll on three occasions, with his bicycle kick against rivals Manchester City winning the Premier League Goal of the 20 Seasons award.
This is hard on me. Wayne Rooney was my idol after Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford. I love and respect Rooney as one of the greatest footballers to come out of England and Manchester United. I knew it will come to this – what with his lost form, lost speed, fast-approaching footballer ageing process, lost precision passes, especially from midfield positions, which he relishes to do when he drops deep back to collect balls and lob them straight to players in forward positions, left or right. With his benching by new, younger and fit entrants at forward positions, I knew the die was cast.
Rooney’s transfer from Old Trafford to Goodison Park is one transfer window process I wish it never happened.
Adieu! Wayne Rooney!!
I’ll miss you . . .
Up Man U!