Could United Captain Wayne Rooney Be On His Way Stateside?
Bon voyage, 'La
It's been reported today that Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney could be on his way to California with Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy reportedly interested in his services.
Having suffered from a dip in form this season and subsequently being dropped by manager José Mourinho, it may be the case that the sunny West Coast could tempt the 31-year-old away from the club he has been at since 2004.
The Sun are reporting that Rooney will step in as one of Galaxy's three designated players should fellow Scouser Steven Gerrard make a move back to the Premier League.
Despite Rooney's apparent footballing decline, the move may still come as somewhat a surprise at this stage in his career when many still feel he has plenty left in the tank.
Just yesterday, FC Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi Hernández spoke of how he doesn't feel Rooney should be clearing his Old Trafford locker just yet:
Xavi on Wayne Rooney: "With all respect to MLS, China, and other leagues, Rooney is not ready for that yet. It is not the time." #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtdUpdates_) October 27, 2016
Designated players in the MLS are exempt from rules regarding the league's salary cap. Along with Gerrard, the Galaxy's other two such stars are the Republic of Ireland's record goalscorer Robbie Keane as well as another former Tottenham man in Mexican midfielder Giovanni Dos Santos.