Wayne Rooney is expected to leave Old Trafford this summer – although Jose Mourinho has told the England captain he is more than welcome to stay and fight for his place – with the striker has his heart set on a return to Everton.
The Toffees are reportedly still interested in their former fan favourite, but Ronald Koeman’s desire to get his man has waned somewhat.
Everton are keen to tie up other deals – namely exits in Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley, and their replacements – before entertaining the idea of Rooney pulling of the Toffees blue, again.
The rapid and high profile fall from grace that Rooney has encountered, will forever tarnish his legacy as Manchester United and England’s greatest ever goalscorer. Therefore, it’s important the 31-year-old’s next career choice isn’t one that totally cripples his legacy.
Although Rooney’s desire is to remain in the Premier League, the England international with 119 caps can clearly no longer offer anything at this level, from a relegation campaign to a push for the top four; if he remains in the Premier League, it will be the equivalent of hitting a deer whilst driving, but not putting the injured animal out of its misery.
Celtic are believed to be one of the many clubs in for Rooney – the potential suitors for Rooney resemble something like the teams you only ever play on FIFA 17 when you randomise and get stuck with them – and a move to SPL champions make perfect sense.
In Rodgers, as proven with his treatment of Luis Suarez, Rooney will have a manager who is willing to pander to his requirements to thrive on and off the pitch.
Rooney still has a footballing brain better than most, and in a league where it’s very easy for an average Premier League footballer to thrive, Rooney would look world-class, again.