Wayne Rooney Set To Join MLS After Agreeing Move In Principle
Wayne Rooney hasn't even been back at Everton for a year yet and already the Toffees youth product is set to leave. Sky Sports reports that he has agreed a £12 million move to DC United in principle.
After 13 years as a Manchester United player, when he became the club's and England's highest ever goalscorer in that time, Rooney rejoined Everton last summer as part of Ronald Koeman's evolution of the team.
Rooney has netted 10 goals this season, predominantly from midfield, but his stature in the team has waned in the latter half of the season.
The Evertonian will now play his last game for the club on the weekend when Sam Allardyce's side play against West Ham at the London Stadium and he could join DC United on July 10th when the MLS mid season transfer window opens. He is set to agree a deal to take him to the end of 2020.
DC are set to move into their new ground, Audi Field stadium, just days after the new transfer window opens and there would be no better way to get bums on seats than the first appearance of the former England captain.
The American side initially held talks with Rooney's agent Paul Stretford over a year ago when his time at Old Trafford looked to be coming to an end but he decided to return to Goodison Park instead.
Everton's season though hasn't been what they hoped for. After a big outlay on transfers Koeman was expected to get into the top seven, possibly even challenging the top six.
Instead his start to the season was so poor that he was gone by the end of October and the Toffees faced a relegation battle. David Unsworth took over as interim manager for a month before Sam Allardyce was appointed.
The former England manager has got them into eighth but the style of football hasn't gone down well with supporters and questions remain whether Allardyce will still be there next season.
Rooney's departure isn't guaranteed yet, and no deal has been signed, but at this point it looks pretty inevitable.