Report: Rooney in talks to leave Everton for D.C. United

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 club.

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.
9 comments about "Report: Rooney in talks to leave Everton for D.C. United".
  1. R2 Dad, May 10, 2018 at 12:59 a.m.

    There are a few reasons why DC United is at the bottom of the table. Transfer strategy is one of them. Rooney has no legs-->Pirlo complained the league runs too much -->Rooney will be unable to justify the transfer price with goals. Shirts yes, goals no. But you do you, DC United.

  2. Bob Ashpole replied, May 10, 2018 at 6:31 a.m.

    Ironically, player acquisition originally was a strength. This transfer may happen, but it appears to be unusually complicated financially.

  3. frank schoon replied, May 10, 2018 at 10:12 a.m.

    R2, I don't know about Rooney, he was never one of my favorites, but lets face it, I'm glad he's here for we need good quality players in this league for it can only help the growth of US soccer. I think they ought to use him up front, in the opponent's third so he wont' have to run a lot and have a good passer playing behind him that can set him up.  The problem is that the league needs good midfield passers which there is shortage of and it is very difficult assignment. With Zlatan it is not so necessary, for all you have to do is get him the balll and he'll do the rest with his great one on one skills. But Rooney needs some combinational help....

  4. John Richardson, May 10, 2018 at 9:24 p.m.

    Growth of US soccer ? I think the league needs to develop American talent so we can become competitive globally. Remember , USA is staying home this summer from the WC. 

  5. frank schoon replied, May 11, 2018 at 6:49 a.m.

    John, and how do you think you develop talent ? certainly not  learning from Americans. You learn from the best, and where the best soccer is being played, that's where you learn it from!

  6. Bob Ashpole replied, May 11, 2018 at 6:31 p.m.

    Actually John, not qualifying a U23 Olympic team for the last 2 cycles is worse news as it an indication of our future MNT.

  7. John Richardson, May 10, 2018 at 9:25 p.m.

    Growth of US soccer ? I think the league needs to develop American talent so we can become competitive globally. Remember , USA is staying home this summer from the WC. 

  8. Ben Myers, May 10, 2018 at 9:54 p.m.

    Oh, goodie gumdrop!  Another over-the-hill European star.  Just what MLS needs.  NOT!  Giving up Rooney to Everton is perhaps the only Mourhino-ism I'll ever agree with.  Rooney should have taken the hint and retired with grace.

    And, yes!  It is so painfully obvious that MLS lacks midfield orchestrators.

  9. frank schoon replied, May 11, 2018 at 7:01 a.m.

    Ben, I wish we could get younger European superstars to come here, but they prefer the excitement of much better competition in Europe. But as far as I'm concerned Americans can't learn from Americans.....that is like the blind leading the blind here. I enjoy watching Zlatan,an Henri, Villa and the so many others even though they are up in age but can still play HERE because the quality of ball played here is so bad!  Watching their touch on the ball, their thinking of the game, their experience ,making it look easy , even at their age, showing how how these muscled bound ,foam on themouth , running 100mph, still need to learn about the game

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