After Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined the Los Angeles Galaxy, another Premier League star has his eyes set on the Major League Soccer. According to reports from BBC and Sky Sport, Everton’s forward Wayne Rooney has agreed in principle to join D.C. United.
The deal to bring Wayne Rooney to the United States has been in the works for several weeks now, and player’s agents recently visited Washington to iron out smaller details. The 32-year-old will receive a contract throughout the 2020 MLS season, becoming the team’s highest-paid player.
Although it looks that the move to MLS is inevitable for former England national team captain, Everton would sure like to keep Rooney for the next season as well.
“There have been rumors about Wayne going abroad, China or America, but we won’t find out until Wayne and his agent have been contacted and whether he feels like he wants to be here or not.” – said Everton’s head coach Sam Allardyce . “At the moment he is an Everton fan as well as an Everton player so I wouldn’t consider anything is on the cards at the moment.“
“It would have to be massive for him to want to leave Everton.” – added Allardyce while dismissing reports that Rooney might be unsatisfied with his role on the team.
Wayne Rooney started his professional career with Everton, where he played in 67 games from 2002 to 2004 while scoring 15 Premiere League goals in that period. He earned himself a transfer to Manchester United in 2004 and went on to become one of the team’s legends. He played in 559 games during his 13 seasons with the team and managed to score 253 in all competitions, becoming United’s all-time scoring leader. Rooney also won numerous trophies with Manchester United, including five national league titles and one UEFA Champions League. In July 2017, he decided to return to Everton.