After weeks of speculation surrounding Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, Chelsea have finally made an official offer for the England international. According to Sky Sports, Manchester United have turned down the bid almost immediately. The transfer fee offered by Chelsea has not been revealed yet, but it should be in the region of £20 million. This starting bid could be increased to around Manchester United’s valuation of £30 million.
Daily Mail has also been stating that Chelsea have offered either Juan Mata or David Luiz along with £10 million in cash for Rooney, but this has to be one of the absurd transfer stories I have ever heard. Mata and Luiz have been one of the best players for Chelsea in the last two years. Why would anyone sell them along with £10 million in cash for a player, who is a backup to Robin van Persie?
Mourinho, though, has made it no secret that he is a huge fan of Rooney.
“He is a player I like very much but I can say no more than that. Being fast and direct, I like that, but he’s a Manchester United player.” – Mourinho.
Rooney has been one of England’s best players over the last decade. Despite being only 27, he is vastly experienced and can play in a variety of positions. A number of Chelsea players like Petr Cech and Eden Hazard have been supportive of a bid for Rooney.
“Rooney would be a brilliant signing. He’s a great player who has the experience and he’s still only young, at 27.” – Hazard.
Rooney spent only a few days at Manchester United’s pre-season tour – also in Thailand – before returning to England after suffering a hamstring injury. His presence in England is expected to accelerate a possible move to Stamford Bridge.
Would you welcome Rooney at Chelsea?