There is a possibility that stars from football’s big leagues play in China’s Super League and join the growing list of international players in the country, according to Sweden football manager Sven Goran Eriksson.
Eriksson, who currently manages Shanghai SIPG, claimed that the Chinese Super League, who have spent ridiculous amount of money in signing international players from around the globe, could raid the Premier League once again, with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney their next target. But according to the former England coach, there is also a possibility that “sooner or later” Chinese football clubs lure away La Liga superstars like Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, which could only be a matter of time, according to Eriksson.
“Who doesn’t want Rooney?” Eriksson told Swedish newspaper Expressen as reported by Goal. “Sooner or later, we are going to see names like Ronaldo, Messi and Rooney in this league — players on this level.”
Rooney, United’s top scorer with 244 goals, has reportedly been offered a staggering three-year £75 million contract to join Eriksson in Shanghai SIPG, according to the Mirror. Bruce Archer of the Express noted that the 30-year old is still the man United boss Louis Van Gaal wants to build around despite struggling, having just scored two goals for the Red Devils this season.
Rooney has a three-year pact with United worth £300,000-a-week, which would be difficult for European clubs to match if they wish to get the service of the English international. But with China more than willing to spend a ridiculous amount of money, Rooney could realistically head to the Far East.
China has completely dominated the winter transfer window with the signings of Gervinho, Ramires, Jackson Martinez, and Alex Teixeira. If Rooney accepts Shanghai’s hefty deal, he could eclipse all the record signings China made in the last month.