Is Wayne Rooney On The Verge Of Becoming The World's Highest-Paid Player?

Absolutely maybe

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One of the most confusing players in the world: Wayne Rooney is a man who has been both world class and sort of disappointing throughout his 15 years in the Premier League, a no doubt remarkable stint that could be coming to an end thanks to China and its big bags of delicious money.

Due to a recent drop in form and subsequent benching, Rooney is said to be considering his options, with his most likely destination being one of a number of Chinese Super League Clubs, who, according to The Telegraph, are offering up wages rumoured to be anything from £600,000 - £750,000 a week, which is quite a lot. Enough to for him to overtake Carlos Tevez as the world's best-paid player, even.

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And while Europe's winter transfer window might be long closed, China's doesn't end until the end of the month.

Asked at a press conference yesterday if Rooney would still be a United player come March, Jose Mourinho said: "You have to ask him. Of course I can't guarantee he will still be here next season.

"I cannot guarantee that I'm here next week, how can I guarantee that a player is here next season? What I can guarantee is that, if one day Wayne leaves the club, it is not because I want him to leave the club. I would never push a legend of this club to another destiny. You have to ask him if he sees himself staying in the club for the rest of his career or sees himself moving.

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"It is not a question for me because I am happy to have him. You have to ask him, not me. I was very open with you in the answer. I don't want him to leave."

It's said that Rooney's final decision could well hinge on whether he's included in the starting lineup for this Sunday's EFL Cup Final against Southampton, as the striker itches for more time on the pitch.

Despite being United's top scorer and an undeniable club legend, this isn't the first time the 31-year-old (how is he still only 31!?) has come close to leaving. Remember 2010 and that time he really wanted to play for City all of a sudden?