Wages cut, some paid by Man Utd: The latest on Rooney to Everton

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The latest on Wayne Rooney‘s proposed move back home to Everton is that each new story seems to point toward a near certainty of England’s all-time leading scorer donning the Toffees’ blue.

Rooney, 31, is said to be ready to take a pay cut to help make the move happen, according to Sky Sports, while the BBC says Manchester United could pay part of his wages in addition to letting Rooney walk for no transfer fee.

United is doing almost everything to make the risks of adding Rooney minimal to Everton. While the subplots will remain major should the living legend be unable to make a dent in the Toffees’ plans, the money at least will be less of a hindrance.

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With the move close to happening, Rooney can fully turn his attention to finding his way into Ronald Koeman‘s XI, with big names Sandro Ramirez, Kevin Mirallas, Davy Klaassen, Tom Davies, Dominic Calvert-Lewin all vying for time in the attack. Ross Barkley is still on the books, too, and Yannick Bolasie should return at some point this season.

Bad news for Rooney fans in the U.S., though, as the longtime England captain looks set to avoid United’s preseason trip to the States.