Everton manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that there have been negotiations taking place that could see Wayne Rooney leave Goodison Park in the summer just a year after he returned from Manchester United.
The Washington Post has reported that Rooney, 32, is in serious talks over a move to MLS franchise DC United after a disappointing season with the Toffees.
Speaking in a press conference on Friday, Allardyce confirmed that he is set to hold crunch talks with the senior player about his future on Merseyside, while he makes it clear that the attacker has not asked to leave as of yet.
“My understanding is that there has been some negotiations. As to clarity of whether Wayne is leaving or staying I’ll find out when he comes in for training today,” he said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“I don’t get involved in transfers or negotiations. All I know is there interest – where Wayne lies with it I can’t tell you at the moment. If the player wants to leave – if any player does – I’m comfortable with it.
“But Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave or had a confrontation with me. We have not had a difficult situation between us.”
Football Insider verdict
It’s rather inevitable that Rooney will move to the MLS. It was a surprise that he did not go there last summer really, however no one can blame him for wanting to return to his boyhood club. It has not gone well though. Although he has scored 11 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions, Rooney just seems off. It’s been that way for several years. His later years at Manchester United saw his form nosedive and it just seems as though no one knows what is his best position anymore. He’s not quick enough to play up front anymore and his playmaking abilities are short of what is required for a Premier League No 10. Rooney should shine in the States though and it will be interesting to see how he gets on there. DC United are not usually a team to pick up on Europe’s best talents, so they could really become a force if people were to follow the ex-England international to the US capital.