Manchester United are ready to sanction Wayne Rooney’s transfer to China inside the next month.
And the deal on the table means that the England captain will make more money in three seasons in the Far East than he has in 17 years in the Premier League with United and Everton .
A number of Chinese clubs have made it clear they are prepared to offer Rooney a contract worth a bank-busting £140million.
That is less than the £1million-a-week some sources have claimed, but Roo will still overtake £650,000-a-week Carlos Tevez as the world’s highest-paid footballer by some distance.
Sunday Mirror Sport understands that the move has been approved by boss Jose Mourinho and the United hierarchy.
While the European transfer window closes on Tuesday, China’s mega-rich clubs can keep recruiting until February 28.
For the next four weeks an auction will develop to tempt 31 year-old Rooney before the next Chinese Premier League season starts in March.
The marketing value of buying the current captain of United and England is massive in China