Without directly citing any sources or quoting anyone in particular, Sky Sports are putting it out there that Wayne Rooney will be looking at a return to Everton as one of his possible moves at the end of the current season.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has cemented his place in the Manchester United squad with his recent goals, including the winner against Southampton in the EFL Cup final over the weekend. There are also rumours that the Swede will now be offered a two-year contract extension.
The Red Devils haven’t been shy about their enquiries for French star Antoine Griezmann either and will likely pursue him with a big money bid this summer.
While Rooney has already said that he would stay at United until the end of the season, his agent Paul Stretford just returned last week from China where he held talks with four different Chinese Super League clubs, without stating what the result of the conversations was.
On Tuesday, Sky Sports spent the day at Everton’s USM Finch Farm training facility as part of the build-up to Sunday’s game at Tottenham Hotspur, and manager Ronald Koeman as well as Director of Football Steve Walsh both spoke very highly of Rooney and that he would be an interesting addition to the Toffees squad.
The former Evertonian has said more than once that Everton and United are the only English clubs he would consider playing for, so if he stays in the Premier League then a Goodison transfer that would be the logical move, especially with the 2018 World Cup looming.
There remains the concern over his £300,000-per-week contract, which is over three times that of Everton’s highest-paid players - the player would have to take on a massive hometown discount should he want to continue his career at his boyhood club.