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Wayne Rooney to Everton inevitable? Here’s why it might be!

Much has been speculated about Wayne Rooney’s future over the past few weeks, with one of the main stories being that he could return to boyhood club Everton, and, apparently, it’s almost a certainty to happen. According to The Sun, Goodison Park sources have told them that Rooney’s return to Everton is “inevitable”. But is it actually a foregone conclusion? The evidence against the move is there. Rooney is on astronomical wages, even for a Premier League player and would surely not command £300,000 a week anywhere else in the world, let alone Everton whose top earner are on around £120,000 a week.

Added to that the rumours that, even though United are willing to pay Rooney a 10m ‘golden goodbye’ he is holding out for the year extension on his contract, worth up to around three times that. If he is holding out for the money he’s not likely to want to move somewhere where he wouldn’t get his full salary. Many people are also pointing to the fact that Rooney has been included in the new kit promotions that were unveiled this week and, in recent years, the absence of a player in these promos is usually an indicator of the club’s plans for him. But, on the flipside, plenty of players have been involved on kit unveilings and left the club weeks later so that might be an indicator but it is not a strong one.

The money might not be as much of an issue as previously thought either. Everton have a new owner in the form of Farhad Moshiri, a former Arsenal stakeholder, who has promised to ‘splash the cash’ at the club. So far, he has been true to his word with Everton spending just shy of £100 million on transfers so far this window. While they most likely wouldn’t be able to match his current deal, they could probably offer to make Rooney the club’s highest earner and load him up with incentives and bonuses to make it worth his while. For them, bringing Rooney home would be a great media coup and would probably sell some tickets.

The main factor in this decision is, of course, the man himself. Soon to be stripped of his armband and facing another season playing bit parts from the bench, surely, he’d rather a final season or two leading the line in front of an adoring crowd playing week in, week out? Or would he prefer to dwindle his remaining days as a spare appendage at a club he is no longer needed at for the sake of a paycheque? Or maybe he genuinely believes he can find a resurgence in form and be the main striker for United again, one last time? I’d hope he’d take the first option but if he does stay, I wonder which of the final two choices would be the one motivating him?

Written by Marvyn Wilson

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