Express, home of the Daily and Sunday Express, has stated that Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has confirmed to Piers Morgan that he has received a lucrative offer to play in China. Last year, The Sun revealed that United had received a £27million offer from an unnamed Chinese Super League club for the Red Devils captain last month.
Neither Rooney or United commented on the speculation, but now media mogul Morgan has revealed Shanghai Shenua did in fact offer a lucrative deal for the England striker.
The Red Eagles are managed by former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who has made no secret of his desire to bring Rooney to mega-rich China.
Writing in his Daily Mail column, Arsenal fan Morgan said: “My phone rang at 11pm tonight. It was England football captain Wayne Rooney.
“He wanted to discuss his forthcoming Manchester United testimonial plans this summer.
“But we also talked about reports in the papers this week that he’s been offered ridiculous sums of money to go and play in China for Shanghai, a team managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson.
“‘It’s true,’ he said. ‘How big a salary are we talking?’ Rooney chuckled. ‘Come on,’ I prodded, ‘make me sick.’
“He then revealed a figure, based on a three-year deal, so stupendously, stratospherically gigantic that it did indeed make me feel instantly nauseous.
“But one thing’s for sure, the Chinese are coming for world football and as with everything they do in business, they seem to have almost limitless sums of cash with which to dominate it.”
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March 7, 2017