UPDATE MONDAY, 6:00 PM ET: The Athletic's Pablo Maurer reported later on Monday that Rooney will be traveling to the UK to meet with Derby County. Sky Sports' Jim White also reported that the star striker is expected to be in England.
Updating this - Wayne Rooney will spend the next couple of days in the UK at Derby County. I’d expect a deal finalized in that timeframe. #DCU exec tells me no chance he leaves this window, FYI.— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) August 5, 2019
Wayne Rooney travelling to UK overnight - expect him at @dcfcofficial later on Tuesday.— Jim White (@JimWhite) August 5, 2019
Announcement later on him becoming a player-coach at club.
DCU trying to "figure out best solution for all parties," one source said. MLS club wants to retain him but doesn't want to block him from returning home next year.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) August 5, 2019
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Well, according to Steven Goff of The Washington Post, the English legend might return to his native country after the conclusion of the 2019 season. He is currently linked with Derby County, where earlier reports suggested he may become a player-coach at the Championship side, as well as the Premier League's Burnley.
The Athletic's Pablo Maurer added he expects a decision to come within the next 48 hours.
Wayne Rooney is indeed in talks to leave #DCU, potentially at year’s end, or possibly after next season. Burnley and Derby County are both suitors. I’d expect a decision on his future in the next 48 hours.— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) August 5, 2019
Rooney, 33, has been a huge hit in MLS since joining the club last summer. He has 23 goals and 14 assists in 43 appearances for D.C. United, leading the club on an improbable surge from the bottom of the Eastern Conference to the playoffs last year.
The Premier League's second-top all-time leading scorer spent the entirety of his career in the league before joining D.C. last summer.