Wayne Rooney’s proposed move to China seemed like nothing more than speculation for a long time.
Yet, in recent days, a genuine possibility has emerged that the England captain could actually leave Manchester United and head to the Far East.
The 31-year-old has achieved all there is to achieve in English football, this season surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton as the Red Devils’ all-time leading goalscorer.
In a press conference before the St Etienne game, Jose Mourinho was unable to guarantee that his skipper was staying until the end of the season, insisting he wouldn’t make the decision for him.
And while Rooney is still yet to confirm he’s thinking about a move, Sky Sports have given one interesting update on the situation.
The star’s agent Paul Stretford has now flown to China to speak with interested parties, with four Super League clubs leading the race for his signature.
They are Guangzhou Evergrande, Beijing Guoan, Jiangsu Suning and Tianjin Quanjian.
Nonetheless, it’s not likely that a deal will happen before Tuesday, in which case Rooney may well see out the rest of the season in a bit-part role at Old Trafford.