The latest reports on the Wayne Rooney transfer to DC United are that the forward/attacking mid/central mid/left side bench player has flown to Washington DC to discuss his possible future with the five time MLS champions.
Some outlets, like the Daily Post, are reporting that Rooney is actually going for a medical stateside, but the ever reliable Paul Joyce has stated that he is actually headed to carry on negotiations in person.
Wayne Rooney to hold talks with D.C. United this week. No deal complete, further discussions at this stage— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) May 23, 2018
I have no doubt whatsoever that the Joyce report is more reliable. He is basically always right about what is going on in Merseyside football. However, Rooney heading to America to negotiate this in person communicates the strength of his desire to get this deal done.
There is additional chatter that the 32-year-old is waiting for Everton to appoint their new manager and discuss his role with him before making a final decision. Rooney still has a year to go in his original contract with the Blues.
DC United is mere months from opening their new soccer specific season, and I’m sure they would love a big name like Rooney to kick off their new home in style. That said, buyer beware. Rooney’s legs have been shot since Christmas. There’s no doubt that he was not the same player the back half of the year. He is going to need some time to recuperate before he can be relied on as a daily player in a league as physical as MLS.
Overall, the mood of Everton fans seems to be disappointment with relation to the Rooney return. I can certainly understand that, but I think Rooney would have been an excellent addition if he had been utilized correctly. There is no reason why he should have played as many minutes as he did this year. A cup/rotational role with more like 20 league appearances instead of 30 would have maximized the players talents while also helping the team.
Unfortunately, Everton had a grand total of zero days worth of competent management this season, and here we are. I wish Rooney the best in his new club, but I also hope that move happens as soon as possible.