Manchester United have confirmed that they have rejected a new offer from Chelsea for Wayne Rooney. Chelsea’s new bid is believed to be in the region of £30 million. Chelsea manager José Mourinho has made it clear that Rooney is the number-one transfer target for the club this season. Chelsea’s initial offer of around £20 million was made a month ago.
“A bid was received yesterday (Sunday) and immediately rejected. Our position remains that he is not for sale.” – A Manchester United spokesperson to Sky Sports
Rooney placed himself on the transfer list at the end of last season. United have been consistently saying that he is not for sale, but it has been believed that an offer of £40 million will be enough to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United manager David Moyes hinted that Rooney would be the second choice to Robin van Persie this season.
“Overall, my thought on Wayne is, if for any reasons we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we’ll need him.” – Moyes at the start of July
Mourinho has said that he is a huge fan of Rooney. Chelsea may meet Rooney’s valuation, but United may not want to sell him to one of their important domestic rivals.
Rooney has not made any public comments about his future.