Wayne Rooney reportedly agrees to 'deal in principle' to join DC United

Gladys Abbott
May 11, 2018

English soccer star Wayne Rooney has agreed to a deal in principle to join Major League Soccer club D.C. United.

The former England captain left Manchester United to return to his boyhood club Everton past year, but his form has gone downhill over the last few months. The MLA transfer window officially opens on July 10.

His former employers, Manchester United, are subsidising £10 million-per-year of that sum, but DC are only prepared to pay Rooney £3 million-per-year.

"There are rumours about Wayne going elsewhere overseas - in China and America - but rumours are rumours", he told TalkSport.

There are senior members of Everton's hierarchy who would like Rooney to stay - including chairman Bill Kenwright, who stated as much during an address at the club's season awards last week.

Everton, through no real fault of Rooney's, have been a mess this season, firing Ronald Koeman after nine games, before bringing in David Unsworth and the Sam Allardyce, who has antagonized his way to a miserable mid-table finish. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the latest arrival from Europe when he joined LA Galaxy in March.

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"I experienced it for a short period of time during my time with the England camp and it's all 'Why is Wayne Rooney doing this, why is he doing that?'"

Allardyce has played him in a midfield role in the second half of the season in an attempt to inject some creativity into the team but that has impacted on the player's personal form and led to growing frustration.

He has been courted by MLS club DC United for the past year and could see a move across The Pond as the next step for what could be the final stage of his glittering career.

During a few of his preseason summer tour matches with the Red Devils these past few seasons, Rooney was asked about possibly joining the MLS someday in prematch news conferences.

"So I wouldn't consider anything on the cards at the moment". It would have to be massive for him to want to leave Everton.

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