Rooney set to make a £12 million move to DC United
Rooney’s representatives were in the US negotiating terms this week. It has now been made public that Rooney has agreed to the negotiated deal ‘in principle’. While he is willing to leave the Premier League Cup, the US transfer window does not open until July, the BBC reported.
Rooney joined Everton in July 2017, so it will round up to a whole year playing for the team. Rooney has not reportedly signed anything yet, but it is understood that his offer will be until the end of the 2020 MLS season.
When asked about the transfer earlier in the week, Allardyce dismissed the claim and denied that Rooney ‘has grown frustrated’ or that he is ‘in serious talks,’ as reported by the Washington Post.
“It would have to be massive for him to want to leave Everton,” Allardyce said, “I’ve not had a problem from day one with Wayne (but) the Wayne Rooney saga continues on doesn’t it?”
Rooney was injured for Saturday’s last match against Southampton, which resulted in a draw. However, his annoyance has occasionally shown, most notably when he was substituted during the draw with Liverpool a month ago.
BBC’s Sport’s writer Phil McNulty wrote about the downhill slope Rooney went on. He said;
“It was all downhill from there (referring to Rooney’s goal securing a draw against Stoke City, and his spectacular hat-trick in Everton’s 4-0 against West Ham United), sadly, with Rooney’s appearances restricted under Allardyce in a reined-in midfield role and his frustrations made public when he was clearly furious to be substituted in the goalless derby draw with Liverpool at Goodison.
Rooney was never going to be the explosive talent of his earlier years – but he still provided the odd moment to treasure in a desperate season for Everton”
Key members of Everton – including chairman Bill Kenwright – would like Rooney to stay with Merseyside but it is believed owner Farhad Moshiri agrees with Allardyce, who is growing increasingly confident of staying on despite fan unrest.
The MLS transfer window will open on 10th July. All in all, Rooney could be playing his last game with Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.