Wayne Rooney has touched down in Washington as he edges closer to a proposed move from Everton to DC United.
Rooney is set to undergo a medical before going on a tour of United’s new stadium at Audi Field.
Rooney and his agent Paul Stretford will then meet with DC United’s managing general partner Jason Levien and general manager Dave Kasper to thrash out the finer details of the transfer.
Reports also suggest that the former England striker has done some preliminary house-hunting in Northern Virginia.
Everton still have the final say on whether Rooney completes a move to America but have given him permission to lay down the foundations of a move should they sanction a transfer.
Much is likely to rest on the plans and ambitions of new director of football Marcel Brands and the incoming manager.
Rooney will meet with the club’s new boss, expected to be Marco Silva, to hear what his role will be within the squad next season before a decision is made.
The new manager may well have a place in the squad for Rooney next season. Though given his diminishing influence this campaign it is hoped he isn’t seen as a first-team regular.
Or, if it’s decided a move away is best for all concerned, then the club’s wage bill will be lightened significantly of a player who looked a fading force during the second half of last season.