A well-respected Italian football agent claims Manchester United tried to sell Wayne Rooney to Napoli over the summer and that the player “does not have a good relationship” with Jose Mourinho.
Rooney’s performances at Manchester United have come under huge scrutiny this season with the player struggling to find his best form and regularly warming the bench under the United boss.
The player remains just one goal shy of Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goalscoring record at Manchester United – but Vincenzo Morabito, a well-known intermediary between the Premier League and Serie A, has claimed the 31-year-old could have been flogged to Napoli during the summer,
A move to an English rival was ruled out but the former FIFA agent insists Mourinho is keen to offload the ageing star and make room in his squad, with even a loan move mooted.
“I know for a fact that he was offered to Napoli as he can’t go to other English clubs, which could lead him to Spain and Italy,” Morabito told Radio CRC.
“He was, I repeat, offered to Napoli. While the idea is beautiful, when you look at his €10million-a year salary, it isn’t realistic.”
“He certainly doesn’t have a good relationship with Mourinho, and therefore his future is far from United, even on loan, to give them more room.”
Rooney’s future at United was recently discussed in our Monday Verdict feature, where we suggested a move to Everton could be sanctioned as early as next month – should the player overtake Charlton’s record.