Manchester United Icon 'Nearing End' of Old Trafford Career

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, center.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford, Manchester, January 29. Rooney may leave United for the Chinese Super League. Laurence Griffiths/Getty

Wayne Rooney is contemplating the end of his Manchester United career, according to reports.

With 250 goals, Rooney, 31, is United's record goalscorer in all competitions but he has lost his place in the club's first team this season following the arrival of new manager Jose Mourinho.

The Chinese Super League has pursued Rooney before and according to The Times, he could leave Old Trafford for China as soon as next month. The newspaper claims Rooney has "told friends" his association with United will end in the summer, though the process could be expedited if China calls again.

The Chinese transfer window stays open until February 28, a full month after the English window closes, giving Rooney an extra few weeks to consider his future.

Even in the superheated Chinese market—Oscar, the former Chelsea midfielder, moved this January for around £60 million—Rooney could expect to be one of the more famous names and one of the best-paid among a growing cadre of stars from European football.