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Rooney ‘to be replaced by Carrick as Man United captain’ as exit looms

Date Posted,July 5, 2017

Wayne Rooney is set to be replaced as Manchester United captain by Michael Carrick.

The veteran midfielder, who had his testimonial at Old Trafford earlier this year, is reportedly set to take the armband with Rooney’s exit edging closer.

Rooney is set to leave United for his boyhood club Everton in the coming weeks.

But Jose Mourinho is hoping to land £100million target Romelu Lukaku as part of the deal, meaning negotiations are poised to drag on.

Rooney has been held the United armband since the summer of 2014.

Rooney is set to return to Everton later this summer (Image: PA)
Carrick enjoyed a testimonial at Old Trafford earlier this summer (Image: REUTERS)
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But according to The Sun , Carrick, 35, will now take the reigns with Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera as his No.2.

Carrick signed a one-year contract extension with United during last season.

Rooney’s future is set to be confirmed in the coming weeks after Everton chairman Bill Kenwright held talks with Rooney’s adviser Paul Stretford in London.

Herrera is set to be named United’s vice-captain (Image: Action Images via Reuters)
Wayne Rooney looks dejected after a missed chance
Rooney struggled at United during last season (Image: REUTERS)
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Kenwright is desperate to see Rooney back in an Everton shirt, 13 years after sanctioning the England star’s controversial £27m transfer to United.

But Everton are unwilling to shatter their pay structure to land Rooney, which is why they want United to subsidise more than half of his huge salary.

United are likely to have to pay around £180,000 of Rooney’s weekly wage next season for the Everton deal to go ahead, meaning a whopping payout of £9.36m.

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