WAYNE ROONEY revealed Everton wished him to affix Chelsea somewhat than Manchester United in 2004 as a result of they had been providing essentially the most cash.
The then-18-year-old famously made the swap from Goodison Park to Previous Trafford that summer time for a record-breaking £27million.
Manchester United paid £27million for Wayne Rooney in 2004 however Everton wished him to affix ChelseaCredit score: EPA
But it surely might all have been so completely different had the cash-strapped Toffees bought their means.
The Blues – with new supervisor Jose Mourinho arriving at Stamford Bridge – and Newcastle each chased Rooney however ultimately missed out to Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I knew Manchester United wished to signal me. I feel going to the Euros, and doing effectively there, in all probability added a bit more cash on to the switch charge however I broke my foot and came upon a number of issues.
“Everton had been actually struggling for cash on the time and I came upon they had been listening to affords from individuals as effectively. They had been making an attempt to push me to signal for Chelsea as a result of they had been going to pay essentially the most cash.
“However, as soon as I knew United had been , I wished some affirmation that they did wish to signal me. As soon as I knew they did wish to signal me, it was the one membership [for me].”
Rooney added: “It was an ideal match for me. United truly wished to attend a 12 months, till the next 12 months, however then Newcastle got here into talks with Everton and with myself.
“I might gone too far then. I could not wait one other 12 months, I could not keep one other 12 months at Everton, so I used to be ready to go to Newcastle for that 12 months.
Rooney burst on to the scene as an adolescent at Goodison Park and had loads of eventsCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
“I spoke to them, we spoke concerning the wage and what I wished. [I told them if] I went there and Manchester United got here in, they’d should let me go.
“Newcastle had been agreeing to that however clearly, with United, I went again to them and mentioned, in the event you do not do it now, I will go to Newcastle with a clause in place. United clearly did not need me to go there so I got here right here.
“It was mainly no matter Newcastle paid for me, United would have paid a 12 months later.”
Rooney went on to get pleasure from 13 profitable years at United, successful 5 Premier Leagues, one FA Cup, three League Cups, the Champions League, Europa League and Membership World Cup.
On a private degree, he scored 253 objectives in 559 Pink Devils appearances and returned to Everton in 2017 as United’s record goalscorer.
Chelsea, in the meantime, signed 9 gamers within the 2004 summer time window – together with strikers Mateja Kezman and Didier Drogba.
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Chelsea ended up with Didier Drogba that summer time and it labored out somewhat effectively for the Ivorian at Stamford BridgeCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty