Former England Man Not In Silva’s Plans
Wayne Rooney has edged closer to a move to DC United after agreeing a three-year deal with the MLS side.
Reports today claim that Rooney has been told by new Everton boss Marco Silva that he does not feature in his plans for the coming season. A move to the US now seems inevitable although it will have wait until next month. The mid-season or ‘secondary’ transfer window for MLS opens on 10 July and runs to 8 August.
Rooney scored 11 goals last season to finish as top scorer for Everton in the Premier League. But he failed to score in his final 16 games for the club as then manager Sam Allardyce chose to play Rooney in a much deeper midfield role.
The former England skipper flew out to Washington last month to have a look at DC’s training facilities and he is expected to return to the US early in July ahead of his move taking effect.
Everton will demand around £12million for Rooney. Whether they will get that remains to be seen for a player they signed for a nominal fee last summer.
Silva announced at his opening press conference last week that the move to DC was almost complete but that he would sit down with Rooney to clarify the situation. Those talks appear not to have been a success.
Any move to DC will put Rooney in an unfamiliar position. The side currently prop up the MLS Eastern Conference with only two wins and nine points from their opening 11 games.