Former England captain Wayne Rooney is reported to be closing in on a move to MLS side DC United, following a disappointing season with boyhood club Everton. The 32-year-old could make the switch when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10, with talks of a £12.5 million contract that will run until the end of the 2020 season.
When Wayne Rooney left Manchester United at the end of the 2016/17 season, there were plenty of clubs lining up to sign the prolific striker. A record goalscorer for both club and country, Rooney looked set for a big money move to China, until Ronald Koeman tempted him into a emotional return to Goodison Park.
At the time, DC United were in the market for a exciting forward with global appeal, and are reported to have considered both Rooney and his former partner in crime Robin Van Persie.
Rooney has certainly has his ups and downs over the course of the last season. The talismanic captain has scored 11 goals for the Toffees in all competitions, but seems to have fallen out of favour under Sam Allardyce, being substituted frequently over the last few months. Reports from Goodison Park suggest that both Allardyce and chairman Bill Kenwright are keen to keep Rooney at the club for another season, but as it stands, the 32-year-old is thought to be considering a sensational move to the states, following in the footsteps of his younger brother John, who signed for the New York Red Bulls back in 2011.
“I’ve not had a problem from day one with Wayne,” said Allardyce in a recent interview. “The Wayne Rooney saga continues on doesn’t it.
“I experienced the Wayne Rooney saga during my short period of time with the England camp, and it’s all: “Why is Wayne Rooney doing this, why is he doing that”.
“It’s all very similar here. When Wayne Rooney comes off it’s all: “Why did he come off?”
“Wayne loves his football, he loves training, he wants to play and play well like everybody else.
‘Obviously because of who he is there’s ultimately more attention around his body language, about how he plays, about what he is and isn’t doing.”
“We all have to deal with that in our own way and I think Wayne deals with it very well indeed.”
Whilst Rooney’s departure would be a blow for Everton, it would free up a substantial amount of wage funds, allowing Sam Allardyce to strengthen his squad over the summer.
The one thing that DC United can offer Rooney that Everton can’t however, is minutes on the pitch. The MLS club have not made a marquee signing since 2008, when they completed a transfer for Argentinian playmaker Marcelo Gallardo.