Cannavaro: 'We approached Rooney, but he doesn't suit our style'

Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian have expressed their interest in signing Manchester United legend and current captain Wayne Rooney.

The United striker, who has struggled for regular first-team minutes this season despite breaking the club's goalscoring record in January, has apparently been offered £35 million per year to move to China.

However, while manager Cannavaro admits that they have tried to sign him already, he insists that Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Fiorentina's Croatian global Nikola Kalinic are more prominent targets and better fits.

Rooney's preference is understood to be to remain with United for the rest of his contract, which expires in 2018, but a lack of time on the pitch is forcing him to consider alternatives.

Tianjin Quanjian coach Cannavaro has revealed that his club has made a bid for the forward.

Tianjin have already taken the likes of Axel Witsel and Alexandre Pato to China, but while the big spenders may have snubbed Rooney, Shanghai SIPG and Beijing Guoan are two potential suitors for England's all-time top scorer.

He told Tianjin TV: "We did make an approach for Rooney, but it was just a chat because he simply doesn't suit our style of play".

"Unfortunately, our bid was rejected by Borussia Dortmund who said he was needed in this season's Champions League".

"Our main goal is still Kalinic, but it is very hard for Fiorentina to let him leave now".

"Under such circumstances, we are caught in a dilemma".

Manager Jose Mourinho refused to give any guarantees about whether Rooney would still be at the club after the Chinese transfer window closes on 28 February. "Now I have to talk to our director general".

  • Carolyn Briggs