Wayne Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, is in China to assess the options open to the Manchester United forward should he leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, a source has told ESPN FC.
Stretford, who is also attending to business relating to his China-based multi-media company, Red Lantern, has spent time speaking to interested Chinese Super League clubs, with sources telling ESPN FC that “due diligence” is required before any decision is made over a possible move there by Rooney.
Sources continue to insist that any move before the Feb. 28 transfer deadline remains highly unlikely, with Rooney determined to ensure that any potential departure from United is the correct one for his family.
The 31-year-old has yet to be told by United that he can leave Old Trafford, but having lost his regular starting position under Jose Mourinho, he is aware of interest from several overseas clubs.
Sources told ESPN FC on Wednesday that Rooney wants to stay at United until the end of the season and help the club pursue silverware on three fronts before considering a move to the CSL or Major League Soccer.
A move to MLS is a possibility, although such a deal would prove difficult to negotiate if United demand a fee for a player whose £300,000-a-week contract runs until June 2018.
CSL clubs are allowed only five foreign players on the books, with one of the five having to belong to a country from within the Asian Football Confederation, and just three may play in any one game.
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