Report: Wayne Rooney to visit Washington to meet with D.C. United officials
Wayne Rooney is set to visit Washington on Thursday ahead of his potential move to D.C. United.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday night that the 32-year-old Rooney will undergo a physical, meet with club officials and take a tour of the city.
Rooney would be arriving from Barbados, where he has been on vacation with his family. On Wednesday, he reportedly was seen at Miami International Airport where he was presumably for a connecting flight to D.C.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Rooney – one of the greatest players in England history who currently plays for Premier League side Everton – had agreed in principle to join United this summer on a deal that would last through the 2020 MLS season. Prior to that, it had been reported that he was in “serious talks” with United.
Despite the visit, Rooney is still open to remaining at Everton despite interest in United, according to ESPN FC.
To date, no formal announcements have been made about a move for Rooney.
Rooney – who would likely become United’s highest-paid player and fill one of its two open designated-player slots – would be able to join when the MLS transfer window opens July 10.
United also reached out to Rooney last summer before he opted to return to his boyhood club Everton after 13 seasons with Manchester United – arguably the biggest club in the world. He has one year left on his contract with Everton.
In their reported hopes of signing a big-name forward this summer, United also has reportedly targeted players like Mexico's Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Argentina’s Carlos Tevez, Spain’s Fernando Torres and Italy’s Mario Balotelli.
United also has explored signing Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta – who is leaving Barcelona after this season – through intermediaries, but it’s expected he will sign with a Chinese club, according to the Post.
During the recently concluded Premier League season, Rooney scored 10 goals in league play, though his last one was scored in December. He made his professional debut with the club at 16 years old in 2002 before joining Manchester United in 2004.
Notably, Rooney is both Manchester United and England’s all-time leading scorer with 250 goals and 53 goals, respectively. He retired from international play last August, a month after rejoining Everton in July.
Audi Field, D.C. United’s new 20,000-seat stadium that's still under construction, opens July 14.