There are very strong indications that former England and Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney, will be playing in America after agreeing a ‘deal in principle’ that could see him leave Everton for Major League Soccer side DC United this summer in a £12.5m deal.
The BBC claims Rooney’s representatives have been in the United States to discuss the finer details of a move away from the Premier League while Sky Sports adds that this move has been in the works for as long as seven weeks.
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Nothing has been signed yet and uncertainty over Everton boss Sam Allardyce’s position means the forward, 32, could stay at Goodison Park.
Rooney re-joined Everton in July 2017.
He spent 13 seasons at Manchester United after signing from Everton as an 18-year-old, becoming their record goalscorer and winning five Premier League titles and the Champions League.
Rooney is also England’s all-time top goalscorer, having netted 53 goals for his country in 119 games.
It is understood Rooney has been offered a contract until the end of the 2020 MLS season. The US transfer window does not open until July.
Rooney’s proposed move will reportedly be confirmed on 10 July, when the MLS mid-season transfer window opens.
A number of MLS franchises held talks with Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford more than a year ago, before the forward had agreed to rejoin Everton for the 2017/18 Premier League season.
DC sit at the bottom of the MLS table with just one win in their last seven games.