Manchester United will reportedly give Wayne Rooney a £15million golden handshake, with the striker taking a huge cut in wages to return to Everton.
With Romelu Lukaku on the verge of sealing a switch to United, it is believed Rooney’s return to Everton will form part of the record-breaking package, reported to be worth around £100m in total.
Despite United sources initially denying Rooney’s departure was linked to the Lukaku transfer, reports suggested the club’s record goalscorer will be included in the package – consisting of a £75m fee up front, £15m in add-ons and a £10m valuation of their own striker.
Reports in the Daily Mail claim Rooney’s departure will cost United £15million – with the club agreeing to pay up a large chunk of his contract, which still had a year left to run.
It is also understood Rooney has agreed to a salary reduction of around 50% to facilitate a return to the club he supported as a boy.
The 31-year-old earns upwards of £300,000 a week at Old Trafford after sponsorship add-ons. His wages back on Merseyside will be nearer £150,000.
The deal, however, will make Rooney Everton’s top earner and represents a figure similar to what they had offered Lukaku, prior to him rejecting the contract and heading in the opposite direction for Old Trafford.
Paying up the final season of the four-year deal Rooney signed in 2014 could cost United more than £15million, with the potential of a loyalty bonus on top of his salary – something Robin van Persie was afforded to the tune of £8.4m when he left for Fenerbahce two years ago.