Regardless of how you feel about Wayne Rooney’s current ability on the football pitch, the man is an Everton legend - and now he is returning to where it all started.
The transfer has yet to be announced by either club, but the Manchester United paper of record reports that the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed.
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is set to rejoin Everton 13 years after leaving his boyhood club.
MEN Sport understands United and Everton reached a breakthrough in negotiations on Friday and the deal is now effectively done ahead of an official announcement.
It remains unclear how Ronald Koeman will integrate Rooney into his side, particularly with so many arrivals and departures, but the Englishman will bring an experience and leadership to Goodison Park that cannot quite be replicated by the likes of Gareth Barry or Phil Jagielka.
Rooney, 31, is England’s all-time leading goalscorer, their most capped outfield player ever, and also holds the records for both goals scored by a United player as well as goals by a player for a single Premier League club.
460 Premier League appearances, including 71 for Everton. An additional 85 in the Champions League. Nobody knows quite how much football Wayne Rooney has left in the tank, but make no mistake - this is gonna be a show.
Welcome home, Wayne.