Wayne Rooney to meet with D.C. United but open to Everton stay – source


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Wayne Rooney is set to travel to Washington this week to meet with representatives of D.C. United but he remains open-minded and may decide to stay at Everton, a source has told ESPN FC.

Rooney reportedly reached an agreement with the MLS club earlier this month, but with a second year remaining on the two-year contract he signed with Everton last summer, he could still decide that a move to the United States is not in his best interests.

The BBC reported on Wednesday that Rooney will embark upon “a fact-finding mission” at United, even though he agreed in principle on a move worth £12 million on May 10. Players and coaches will not be present because United will face LAFC away on Saturday.

According to the Washington Post, Rooney will tour the city, meet with CEO Jason Levien and general manager Dave Kasper and tour the under-constuction Audi Field on Thursday.

Former Everton manager Sam Allardyce repeatedly stated his desire to have Rooney remain with the club, who he rejoined in July after 13 seasons with Manchester United, but Allardyce was sacked last week after just six months.

And D.C. United coach Ben Olsen said last week, when asked about Rooney, that the forward would “be pretty good” for the team.

Rooney, 32, scored a team-high 11 goals for Everton this season, making 37 appearances for his boyhood club. If he were to move to United, he would not be eligible to play until the transfer window opens on July 10.

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