Man United pockets £31m thanks to Wayne Rooney’s payoff

Last summer Wayne Rooney said his goodbyes at Manchester United to rejoin his boyhood club Everton. Rooney left Old Trafford as a legend with his name in the club record books as United’s all-time record goalscorer.

Since his arrival at Goodison Park, Rooney has scored three goals in eight Premier League games.

On Wednesday, the Sun have looked into the finances of the Rooney to Everton deal. According to the tabloid, Man United made an enormous financial saving paying off Rooney to return to Goodison Park. Readers are told the following:

The former England striker still had two years left on his deal at Old Trafford but United were so desperate to move him on they paid him £10m to leave.

(Had Rooney stayed at Man United) his salary plus loyalty bonuses over that period would have cost £31m more than just the £10m they forked out to ease his exit.

Rooney was raking in 300,000 pounds a week at Old Trafford. A few months ago it was revealed that United have an option to make Rooney return to Old Trafford.

Rather than being a return to Man United to once again grace the pitch, the option for Rooney’s return relates to the club’s future commercial and marketing opportunities. The Times revealed:

United inserted a clause into Rooney’s final contract at Old Trafford that stated the 31-year-old would be entitled to take on an ambassadorial role at the end of his playing career and it is understood that the offer is still on the table.

Last weekend Everton drew 1-1 away at Brighton.

The Ronald Koeman  went into the game under massive pressure with his side losing four of their five previous games. Rumors are now going round that Dutch boss could soon be given the axe.

Next weekend Everton host Arsenal at the Goodison Park.

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