Will Wayne Rooney join the great haul of China?

With the transfer window now slammed shut we can all stop talking about our new Footballing overlords from China coming over here and stealing all our best players, or can we?

Well the answer is no we cannot because clubs such as Shanghai SIPG and Ghangzhou Evergrande get the chance to flex their financial muscle for a while longer due to the fact that the Chinese Super League transfer window does not close until February 28.

Which means there is still time for some players from the Premier League to join the far east exodus and a name that repeatedly continues to be linked with a move is none other than Wayne Rooney.

But the question is just how likely a move from Old Trafford would actually be. On the one hand with Rooney finally surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record he may well feel it’s a case of job done in Manchester.

Coupled that with the fact that a first team berth is not necessarily a given under Jose Mourinho and not to mention the obscene amount of cash offered at both United and Rooney for a potential move to actual become a reality.

When you add all those elements than a move to China for Rooney may seem like a no brainer but you do have to question the timing and how suitable a move would be as we enter the final few months of the Premier League season.

From what we can ascertain the words coming out of the United camp are that the sale of Rooney would certainly be considered but only in Summer, therefore a move that suits the selling club rather than the buying one.

If that was to be the case then it would see Rooney undertake a large period of inactivity, critics may argue that it’s been like that for a number of years in both the colours of club and country.

But from the players point of view, if he is set to earn a stupendous amount then I can’t see him throwing up many complaints if he also has to have an enforced break. So the Rooney situation will not be clear until the end of the month.

While it’s not just United and England’s record goal scorer which has been linked with a move to China, with Ashley Young also reportedly being eyed up. But in that instance you get the feeling that Jose Mourinho would quite happily drive Young to Manchester Airport himself if it meant a move could be completed.