Rooney’s future has been uncertain for a number of weeks, but recent reports have pointed towards Toffees boss Ronald Koeman – who publicly registered his interest in the 31-year-old last season – remaining keen on signing him this summer.
The Englishman, following a season that saw him fall down the ladder of importance at Old Trafford, noted that he would consider his options in the wake of Manchester United’s Europa League triumph.
And according to the Times, Everton will now push to bring Rooney back to his boyhood club.
One blatant stumbling block appears to stand in the way of a poetic return to Goodison for the 31-year-old: his salary.
Rooney earns a whopping £250,000 a week, and with Man United reportedly unwilling to help fund a chunk of his earnings to push a move through, a move to Everton would have a crippling impact on their wage structure.
But Everton are not messing around this summer: Koeman has decided that they will aim for the top four next term, spending £90m on Sandro Ramírez, Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen and Henry Onyekuru. They are building something, and the final piece of the jigsaw – perhaps aided by Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Chelsea – could well be Rooney.