Wayne Rooney's stunning cash windfall from Everton move revealed
WAYNE Rooney has hit the cash jackpot after securing his return to Everton, with the breathtaking finances that sealed the deal emerging last night.
Rooney is set to be handed a £10m golden handshake by Manchester United, as they gift him a huge pay off to compensate the remaining two years of his Red Devils contract.
He is also set to be given a huge £8m payment from Everton and a bumper £160,000-a-week contract to become the face of the Goodison Park club.
Everton are funding the lavish Rooney acquisition with a chunk of the money they received for the sale of striker Romelu Lukaku to United, while the Toffees’ lucrative new £60m tie up with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is also promoting the signing.
The package to bring Rooney back to the club where he made his full debut as a 16 year old back in 2002 means that he will in effect be going Chinese after all.
He had rejected several chances to go to China when it became clear that Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho wanted him out this summer.
But it will be money from that country that will help pay for a package worth an initial £24m in total.
Everton last week signed a £60m three-year partnership with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China – the biggest bank in the world.
That deal will help Goodison owner Farhad Moshiri recoup the money spent on Rooney while he continues to bring in more new talent.
Everton intend to use Rooney’s name to develop brand awareness in China and the Far East – and could bring in a further £10M per year in further sponsorship deals and the ex-England captain’s name on their shirts.
Meanwhile boss Ronald Koeman has spent close to £100m on Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, Davy Klassen, Sandro Ramirez and Henry Onyekuru.
And he still hopes he can beat Marseilles in the battle to land £24m-rated Olivier Giroud.
Meanwhile United believe they have allowed Rooney to leave with dignity.
Rooney, on £300,000 a week at Old Trafford, could have remained for a further two years but would have been a £30m bystander.
But United had no intention of paying him any more than a third of that figure to start a new career.
But they waived a transfer fee as their former skipper is returning to his first club.