Wayne Rooney is bound for Washington for talks with MLS side DC United and is set for a medical on Thursday.
A spokesman for Rooney confirmed that the former England captain is due to travel to the US with his agent, Paul Stretford, for what will be a first proper look at the MLS outfit.
Rooney was photographed at an airport in Barbados, where he has been on holiday with his family, boarding a plane for the US.
Personal terms have already been agreed, and while Rooney heads to Washington with the permission of Everton the terms of his settlement with the club – when he has a year to run on a £300,000 a week contract that is paid jointly by the Merseysiders and Manchester United – have not yet been finalised.
Ultimately the decision still rests with Everton to let Rooney leave with senior figures at the club still divided on the issue.
Bill Kenwright, the club chairman, is believed to be in favour of Rooney staying but his influence at a club now owned by Farhad Moshiri is not what it was.
Indeed Rooney is aware that other members of the hierarchy see the benefit of losing the 32-year-old off their wage bill this, and that has been enough to persuade him to consider a move to the MLS when the Americans want him to commit to a £12.5m deal that runs until the end of the 2020 season.
According to a report in the Washington Post Rooney will have a ‘physical’ before being given a tour of the city and meeting with managing general partner Jason Levien and general manager Dave Kasper.
There will also be a visit to United’s new stadium, Audi Field, which is nearing completion.
Rooney would not be allowed to play for DC United until their transfer window opens on July 10. But DC go to LA Galaxy on July 4 so he could potentially be in the stands for that.
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