Baines to follow Rooney out of Everton

According to TEAMtalk, four MLS clubs want to sign experienced Everton defender Leighton Baines in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

Baines has spent the last 11 seasons at Goodison Park, but will be 34 in December, and will see his current deal with Everton expire at the end of next season.

There is no doubt that the former England international has been one of the Premier League’s leading left-backs over the last 10 years or so.

The defender’s form came close to earning him a move to 20-time English champions Manchester United when David Moyes was in charge of the Red Devils, but he ultimately remained at Everton, and has made over 400 appearances for his Merseyside club.

A calf problem interrupted Baines’ 2017-18 campaign, but he still made 29 appearances for the Toffees last term – scoring three times and registering four assists during a decent season.

The defender’s future has been called into question in recent weeks, however, and according to TEAMtalk, the 33-year-old has four MLS clubs – including Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union – interested in his signature, and a move to North America could well occur.

What is the latest with Rooney?

Rooney has been linked with a move to DC United for some time, and it is a bit of a surprise that the deal has not already been announced.

According to the Daily Mail, the move could actually be confirmed on Monday night, with Rooney making the decision to leave the English game.

The 32-year-old could well make his MLS debut for DC United against Vancouver Whitecaps on July 14, and is expected to move on a free transfer despite still having one year left to run on his contract at Goodison Park.

Leaving the European game for the MLS has become increasingly popular in recent years, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic the latest high-profile star to switch to North America.

Rooney is seemingly almost there, and Baines, who is valued at £7.2m by transfermarkt.co.uk, could well follow his teammate out of Everton this summer.