Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney will reportedly receive contract proposals of £500,000-per-week by Chinese Super League clubs.
The booming Asian division has taken the global game by storm during its off-season this winter, attracting many high-profile talents.
Jackson Martinez, Ramires, Renato Augusto and Alex Teixeira are examples of players who have made the switch East over the past month.
Now, Rooney is set to be targeted by Chinese Super League sides, according to the Daily Mirror.
The report claims that a £26m salary will be offered to the England skipper, though it is not suggested as to what Rooney’s response would be.
Though the source does not mention any specific clubs who are readying a bid, it does suggest that owners are “increasingly confident” that a deal can be struck with the striker.
Shanghai SIPG boss Sven-Goran Eriksson – a former international manager of the Three Lions’ record goalscorer – has added fuel to the proverbial fire by stating that the players of Rooney’s ilk will join the league at some point.
Speaking to Swedish outlet Expressen, Eriksson said: “Sooner or later, we are going to see names like [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi and Rooney in this league — players on this level.”
At his current club, Rooney has endured mixed fortunes for the Red Devils this season.
In the first half of 2015/16, he netted a mere two league goals in 15 appearances, whilst his general play was lacklustre.
However, the 30-year-old has scored five goals in his six Premier League outings since the turn of the year.
Rooney’s shot accuracy has also jumped by 10%, to 53%, during that period.
The No.10 could not help United in their disastrous Champions League group stage campaign though, creating a mere average of one chance per match, as the Red Devils crashed out of Europe’s elite competition with two victories from six outings.
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