Manchester United are ready to sanction Wayne Rooney’s transfer to China inside the next month.

And the deal on the table means that the England captain will make more money in three seasons in the Far East than he has in 17 years in the Premier League with United and Everton .

A number of Chinese clubs have made it clear they are prepared to offer Rooney a contract worth a bank-busting £140million.

That is less than the £1million-a-week some sources have claimed, but Roo will still overtake £650,000-a-week Carlos Tevez as the world’s highest-paid footballer by some distance.

Sunday Mirror Sport understands that the move has been approved by boss Jose Mourinho and the United hierarchy.