According to the Brentwood Gazette, West Ham are considering a shock summer swoop for Chelsea captain John Terry; whilst Manchester Evening News report that Manchester United are open to selling skipper Wayne Rooney amid interest from China.
Terry has lead the Blues to four Premier League titles, eight cups, a Champions League title and a Europa League title but his future at Stamford Bridge remains in serious doubt. The 35-year-old defender revealed earlier this month that he’s yet to be offered a contract extension beyond the end of the season, although the club insist he could still earn a new deal.
Brentwood Gazette claim that London rivals West Ham are resultantly considering a shock swoop for the former England captain as they embark on a move to the Olympic Stadium. Terry takes home around £150k per week at Chelsea, which is probably beyond the Hammers’ wage structure, but his potential move to East London would be a free transfer.
Meanwhile, Manchester Evening News report that Manchester United are open to selling captain Wayne Rooney in the summer after receiving an offer from an unnamed Chinese Super League club. The England skipper has claimed seven goals and three assists in his last ten appearances across all competitions but struggled for form earlier in the season and is now 30 years of age.
He’s still United’s most marketable asset due to his long-term association with the Old Trafford outfit and the Three Lions but MEN claim United are very tempted to sell at the end of the season, providing they can find a star-studded replacement. Long-term target Neymar would certainly fit the bill in that regard.
Some have questioned the validity of the story, considering Rooney’s status as captain and the fact his contract doesn’t expire until 2019. But former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, now in charge of Shanghai SIPG, declared earlier this month that it’s only a matter of time before a player of Rooney’s calibre is plying his trade in the Chinese Super League.