By Alex Stevens
Everton are expected to push through a sensational summer deal for Manchester United record scorer Wayne Rooney after positive talks among powerbrokers, according to a report.
Sports site Bleacher Report claim it is “very likely” that the Merseyside outfit will re-sign their academy product in the next window.
It is said that the transfer has edged closer even though signing Rooney would mean breaking the club’s wage structure.
Bleacher Report state discussions about structuring Rooney’s salary “have gone well and a solution seems to be in sight”.
The cash-rich club, whose ambitions have been intensified following the backing of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, are keen to sign the 31-year-old for both manager Ronald Koeman and director of football Steve Walsh.
However, it would mean a drop in salary for the England and United skipper, who has 15 months remaining on his £300,000-a-week Old Trafford contract that makes him one of the highest paid players in the top flight.
Rooney has been marginalised at United by the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic last summer and the emergence of Marcus Rashford.
The striker has scored six goals and provided 10 assists from 32 matches in all competitions this season, but he has netted just three times in the league and has started only two Premier League fixtures in four months.
Football Insider verdict:
Who says romance in football is dead? Yes, Rooney showed little sentiment when quitting his boyhood club aged 18 for United and making a mockery of the ‘once a blue, always a blue’ T-shirt. But a return to Everton feels right both for player and for the ambitious Merseysiders. While Rooney is no longer at Romelu Lukaku’s level, Everton are not at United’s, either. The veteran forward would get more game time at the Toffees and should be a valuable asset as well as bringing an experienced voice to the dressing room who knows what it takes to win.
In other Everton transfer news, a £30million ace headed to the Toffees is now set to join Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp forced a U-turn.