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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Wayne Rooney to Move to Another Major Soccer Team This Summer

Wayne Rooney on Tuesday night appeared to be closing in on a sensational move to Major League Soccer side DC United.

The Everton captain's representative Paul Stretford has been in the USA in recent weeks to discuss terms and talks have been described as positive.

It is believed a deal could be agreed that sees Rooney sign for DC United - based in Washington on America's east coast - when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10. A contract running to he end of the 2020 MLS season has even been discussed with Rooney's camp

The US club tried to sign Rooney last summer when he left Manchester United but he decided to complete an emotional return to Goodison Park instead. DC United looked at bringing Robin Van Persie Stateside in January and have remained in the hunt for a marquee striker with global pull.

That potential move is complicated by Rooney building a new £20million mansion in the Cheshire countryside for his young family with wife Coleen. 

But Steven Gerrard overcame such hurdles when he spent 16 months at LA Galaxy and Rooney is keen to explore doing similar.

Rooney's younger brother John played for New York Red Bulls in 2011 and Washington is approximately an eight-hour flight from England.

Rooney has been made aware that Everton would not stand in his way over a transfer away as Sam Allardyce searches to raise funds for next season. Allardyce cannot guarantee the former England captain games.

There are senior members of Everton's hierarchy who would like Rooney to stay on Merseyside - including chairman Bill Kenwright, who stated as much during an address at the club season awards last week. But it is believed owner Farhad Moshiri currently concurs with Allardyce's assessment of the situation.

Everton are believed to pay Rooney £100,000 per week and would be expected to agree a golden goodbye to facilitate any move. The club would save a percentage of his remaining salary, worth in excess of £5million for the year, with Rooney's new team taking up the difference.

United sorted a similar arrangement last summer and Sportsmail understands the Old Trafford club are still picking up a weekly tab of £200,000 as part of the deal. He had signed a contract worth £300,000 per week running to June 2019.



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