Report: Wayne Rooney in 'serious talks' about joining D.C. United
D.C. United could be signing a big-name player this summer.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that United is in “serious talks” with English superstar and Everton forward Wayne Rooney about joining the club during the summer transfer window.
According to the Post, United has a 50 percent chance of signing the 32-year-old Rooney during the MLS transfer window, which 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.
Along with Rooney, D.C. United also has reportedly targeted other big-name strikers 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.
This season, Rooney has scored 10 goals in the Premier League for Everton, though none since 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.
D.C. United (1-4-2) currently sits tied for last place overall in the league with just five points. They have also only scored only eight goals – the third-worst output of any team in the league at this point in the season.
During and after last season, D.C. United made at least a few notable signings, including Paul Arriola, a U.S. national team winger.
Should Rooney sign with the club, he would likely fill one of club’s two available designated player slots. Arriola is currently United’s only designated player.
Audi Field, United’s new 20,000-seat stadium that's still under construction, opens July 14.