Arsene Wenger: This Man United transfer could happen in the summer

Arsene Wenger says he would not be surprised to see Wayne Rooney return to Everton in the summer transfer window

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney Photo: BT Sport

Arsene Wenger has claimed that he would not be surprised to see Wayne Rooney leave Manchester United to return to boyhood club Everton in the summer transfer window.

The Manchester United striker’s future at Old Trafford has been a source of constant speculation this season due to his lack of playing time under new boss Jose Mourinho.

Indeed, the 31-year-old forward has only started 14 Premier League games this season and it remains to be seen whether he will seek a move away in the summer in search of regular playing time.

Rooney has been touted as a possible target for Everton this summer in what would be a return to the club where the England star began his career.

And Arsenal manager Wenger, whose side host Everton at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon, says he would not be surprised to see Rooney move back to Goodison Park.

At his pre-match news conference on Friday morning at Arsenal’s training ground, Wenger said when asked if he can see Rooney going back to Everton: “Why not? Why not, it’s possible, yes.”

He added: “Look, he started there and I believe first of all he’s under contract at Manchester United. I don’t know if he wants to come back to Everton.

“At the moment, maybe he has a decision to make. Will he finish his career at Manchester United or will he go back at some stage to Everton, I don’t know.”

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