English veteran Wayne Rooney
will almost certainly leave hometown club Everton at the end of the English Premier League season. It's just a question of where he moves to.
The Daily Mail reported
that Rooney's agent, Paul Stretford
, was in Washington on Wednesday to discuss a deal with D.C. United that will run through the 2020 MLS season.
On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported
D.C. United was in serious talks for Rooney, who makes an
estimated $10 million a year. He has scored 10 goals in 31 games in 2017-18 for Everton, the most goals he's scored since the 2014-15 season with Manchester United.
D.C. United has shied
away from high-price signings, but that should change with its move to Audi Field, which opens on July 14, and the arrival of billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong
, who is set to invest in the
A major issue would be Everton's asking price: a reported 12.5 million pounds ($16.9 million). Toffees manager Sam Allardyce
has said he wouldn't part with Rooney easily.
Players of his age and stature -- at the end of their careers -- have usually arrived in MLS on free transfers.
British media have also linked Rooney with a move to Scottish club Rangers,
which has just hired Rooney's former England teammate, Steven Gerrard
, as manager.