By Richard Parks
Everton fans have delivered mixed verdicts on Twitter after it was reported that Wayne Rooney is on the verge of agreeing a £12.5million transfer from Everton to MLS club DC United.
The Daily Mail claim the Premier League legend, 32, told the Goodison Park hierarchy on Wednesday that he wants to quit his boyhood club after just a year of a second spell that has turned sour and head to the United States.
It is said that Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, was in the US capital to discuss a contract that will run until the end of 2020 and that the transfer is in line to be confirmed when the MLS window opens on 10 July.
The Mail report the deal is being brokered by DC United chief executive Jason Levien, who is also the co-owner of Premier League side Swansea City.
Rooney returned to Everton last summer after a trophy-filled 13 years at Manchester United and initially did well, scoring seven Premier League goals by November.
But United’s record goalscorer has struggled to make an impact under Sam Allardyce and has cut a frustrated figure in recent months, during which time he’s been in and out of the side.
Everton fans appear split on social media as to whether selling Rooney is the right move for the club, with one claiming
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Wayne Rooney probably still has something to offer as a squad player, but if he left, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. Regardless of whether he stays or leaves though, Everton certainly have many bigger problems than Wayne Rooney that need to be looked at and sorted first.
— Everton Blue Army (@EvertonBlueArmy) May 9, 2018
Sorry, but IF that is true, over £12m for Rooney, then take it!…
— Aidy Dews (@AidyDews) May 9, 2018
Aidy maybe your comment sums up our issue. That 12m business reason overpowers football reason. If he is giving.g a lot to the club like bringing kids through and his profile then the 12m is nothing. I think nothing happen till manager issue resolved load of talk.
— Robbie Leatherbarrow (@rwl140172) May 10, 2018
Wayne should do what he thinks best for himself and his family. #EFC
— Peter Papadopoulos (@PeterPapadopo11) May 10, 2018
I think he will enjoy his football more in the US and it’s a less toxic atmosphere
— steve Jones (@skjones505) May 10, 2018
No chance he would leave. He loves Everton. Fat Sam has ruined his momentum after Xmas.
— H. (@IconicYanited) May 9, 2018
Don’t want this going on for weeks. Hope it’s sorted next Monday
— Ben Winstanley (@benjwinstanley) May 9, 2018
Let them both go.
— ⚽️Jordan Miller⚽️ (@Jump23Miller) May 10, 2018