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Rooney likely to leave United

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Wayne Rooney is likely to leave Manchester United this summer, Sky sources understand, Sky Sports reports.

Rooney is eager to play first-team football, with the 31-year-old having been dropped from the latest England squad by Gareth Southgate, and has offers from both the Premier League and abroad.

The former Everton forward is unlikely to be offered a deal from an English top-flight club which matches what he is currently earning at Old Trafford, and indicated on Thursday the Toffees are the only English side he would consider.

“I’ve played for two Premier League clubs and they’re the only two Premier League clubs I’ll play for,” said Rooney.Rooney still has two years remaining on his current contract at United and on Wednesday said he would take a few weeks to finalise his plans having “more or less” made up his mind on where he will be next season.

Manchester United remain relaxed about Rooney’s situation, with the club happy for him to stay but also prepared to offload his high earnings onto a new recruit.

Antoine Griezmann is the club’s No 1 transfer target this summer, with United looking to bring in four new players during the summer window. United are looking to add a centre-back, central midfielder and a versatile defender capable of playing either right or left back.

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