Wayne Rooney on verge of leaving Everton for MLS side DC United

Simon Peach 27/06/2018
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Wayne Rooney could be at the end of his tenure with Everton.

Wayne Rooney is on the brink of completing his move from Everton to DC United, Press Association Sport understands.

A year on from returning to his boyhood club after a record-breaking spell at Manchester United, the 32-year-old is set to move to Major League Soccer.

Press Association Sport understands Rooney will complete his switch to Washington by the end of the week, ending his second spell at the Toffees.

Noises from the United States suggests confirmation will come sooner rather than later, with the forward set to kick off a new chapter of his career.

DC United have held a long-standing interest in Rooney, who last summer made an emotional return to Everton after 13 medal-laden years at Old Trafford.

The frontman became all-time top scorer for United and England during his time away from Goodison Park, winning five Premier League titles and a Champions League among a glut of other trophies.

Rooney spoke of an exciting new challenge upon his return to Everton, but is now set to leave halfway through a two-year deal.

Newly-appointed manager Marco Silva and director of football Marcel Brands said earlier this month that they would not stand in his way if he wanted to head to DC United.

“Before I arrived it was something that had already started,” Silva said at his unveiling earlier this month.

“It is something we expect, in the next few days, we will talk with Wayne Rooney (about) because he is a club legend and we need to understand everything.

“The door is open every time for him. We will talk with him but it is Wayne’s decision.”

Brands added: “There is a possibility he could leave. He is talking with Washington, it is not a secret.

“Of course we will talk with him and, if this is a move he wants to make and is the next step in his career, then I can only hope he will return when he is finished there because I think he still is a legend in this club.

“I always hoped do to that at (former club) PSV and I hope to do that here, to use the legends at the club.”

DC United are about to move into their new Audi Field home, which opens against New England Revolution on July 14.

Rooney will not be able to play for the MLS side until the secondary transfer window opens on July 10.

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AC Milan have been banned from next season’s Europa League, UEFA has announced.

The Italian giants have been excluded from the competition after being found to have breached the governing body’s licensing and Financial Fair Flay regulations.

A statement confirmed the club, who finished sixth in Serie A last season, had failed to meet the “break-even requirement”.

Milan will have the right to appeal against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

UEFA’s statement read: “The club is excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify.”

The seven-times European champions were referred to UEFA’s club financial control body last month having sustained losses for several years.

The club are reported to have argued their finances are now stable as a result of their takeover by Li Yonghong last year but UEFA has still acted.

The punishment could increase speculation over the futures of goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and defender Leonardo Bonucci, who have persistently been linked with moves away from the San Siro.

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He’s had a relatively poor World Cup thus far but Lionel Messi scored arguably the best goal of the competition with a sublime finish.

The spotlight was on Messi as his Argentina side battled for a place in the Round of 16, knowing only a win would see them through.

On this occasion, Messi was not a one-man band. For once, the burden was shared.

Marcos Rojo – fortunate to not concede a first-half penalty for a high boot – appeared from nowhere to offer salvation when everything appeared lost for Argentina.

Manager Jorge Sampaoli’s charges came into this anticipated contest on the back of widespread reports of mutiny. They had been sparked by Thursday’s 3-0 humbling served up by Croatia.

On that night, Messi, uncharacteristically, was missing in action. Lost in the dumbfounding switch to a 3-4-2-1 formation that was not fit for purpose.

This followed the opening 1-1 draw against Iceland in which the Barcelona icon had been everywhere, and delivered only a pained second-half penalty miss.

On Tuesday night, they went ahead on 14 minutes as the great man provided the requisite control from a perfect Banega pass of pure beauty. The supreme Sevilla centre midfielder should not had been forced to wait until then for his first World Cup start.

But then, retreat followed and Nigeria knew that only a draw was needed.

Mascherano’s gift was duly taken. Argentina stuttered as ignominy awaited.

The likes of Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi and Gonzalo Higuain – again guilty of an alarming miss – have all previously stumbled in Messi’s shadow. The great man carried them through qualifying, as he’d done towards four previous final defeats at World Cups and Copa Americas.

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