The 31-year-old has been a sporadic presence in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI this season, with his last Premier League start dating all the way back to Man United’s 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in December.
It was recently reported that Everton, along with a variety of Chinese clubs, were keen on securing Rooney’s signature over the summer after Mourinho refused to confirm whether his captain would be at Old Trafford next season.
And according to sources at Sky Sports, the Englishman will consider a move back to Goodison Park over the summer.
This would be the ideal end for the footballing romantic: Rooney, the boyhood Everton fan, returning to Merseyside after over a decade of making history at the highest level, going full circle by starting and ending his career at the same place.
Such a move would also make sense in the eyes of a more pragmatic observer. The Englishman, after all, no longer has a place in Mourinho’s long term future, consigned to the occasional substitute appearance as Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to dominate the talismanic role within the side.
At Everton, however, he would be the side’s unquestionable senior figure, featuring at the axis of Ronald Koeman’s set-up on a regular basis.