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Wayne Rooney's wife conducts Instagram sting operation

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Wayne Rooney's wife conducts Instagram sting operation

Wayne Rooney's wife, Coleen, might just be the best detective since Sherlock Holmes.

Wayne is one of the most famous English soccer players in the world and spent 13 seasons starring for Manchester United, the most famous English team. Thus, he and his wife deal with plenty of tabloid coverage.

Coleen announced Wednesday that over the past five months, she's conducted her own investigation to find out which of her supposed "friends" has been leaking information to the press. After blocking all but one of her followers from seeing her Instagram stories and then posting fake news bits, Coleen revealed her suspect. It turned out to be Rebekah Vardy, wife of Jamie Vardy, who's a striker for Leicester City and has played with Rooney on the national team.

Vardy was quick to respond on Instagram.

“As I have just said to you on the phone, I wish you had called me if you thought this,” she said in her post. “I never speak to anyone about you as various journalists who have asked me to over the years can vouch for. If you thought this was happening you could have told me & I could have changed my passwords to see if it stopped. Over the years various people have had access to my insta & just this week I found I was following people I didn’t know and have never followed myself. I’m not being funny but I don’t need the money, what would I gain from selling stories on you? I liked you a lot Coleen & I’m so upset that you have chosen to do this, especially when I’m heavily pregnant. I’m disgusted that I’m even having to deny this. You should have called me the first time this happened.”

So, this is either an incredibly well-operated sting operation or somehow a big misunderstanding. Either way, it was a captivating back-and-forth.

The Sun, the tabloid in question in this situation, wrote Wednesday that it had asked Coleen's reps for comment, but never received one.

Wayne, on the other hand, is still scheduled to leave DC United at the conclusion of this season to be a player-manager at Derby County in January 2020.

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The last time Wayne Rooney stepped onto Audi Field, he did so as the face of D.C. United.

Now, he slated to return as a member of the opposition.

The Washington Post reported Monday that D.C. United and Rooney’s current club Derby County are close to finalizing a friendly match to be played between the two clubs in October.

Rooney, 34, joined United in 2018 after garnering international fame as a member of Manchester United from 2004-17. He’s a five-time Premier League champion who brought an level of pedigree to Washington that D.C. hadn’t seen before.

The Liverpool native was slated to play through the 2020 season with United but opted to return to England due to personal reasons. His final game with United came last October, when the club lost 5-1 to Toronto FC in the first round of the MLS playoffs.

As pointed out by The Post, the match would be scheduled for an unusual date. With MLS playoffs beginning in mid-October, the friendly would presumably be scheduled between the regular-season finale and start of the postseason. Friendlies between American and European teams are usually held from May through June.

United will begin its MLS slate Saturday when it hosts the Colorado Rapids for the season opener.

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One week after paying a record-breaking transfer fee to acquire Edison Flores, DC United added another midfielder to the roster in the form of Julian Gressel. 

DC United acquired Gressel from Atlanta United via transfer Tuesday for $650,000 in 2020 Target Allocation Money (TAM) and $100,000 in TAM for 2021. Additional compensation could be owed to Atlanta based on performance incentives. 

Gressel was the eighth overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft and has led the league in assists since debuting with Atlanta in 2017. Over his first 98 career appearances, he's recorded 32 assists to go along with 15 career goals. 

"[Gressel] has impressed throughout his time in MLS and has been a major component to Atlanta’s success in the league since 2017," DC GM and VP of Soccer Operations Dave Kasper said in a statement. "Last year, he led Atlanta in assists and chances created while also scoring eight goals so we’re looking forward to adding his impressive goal creating ability and eye for goal to our roster in 2020 and beyond."

Gressel was the 2017 MLS Rookie of the Year after scoring five goals and recorded nine assists in his first 32 appearances as a pro. 

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