Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed their bid for Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, which the reds immediately rejected.
Rooney initially submitted a transfer request towards the end of Sir Alex Ferguson‘s reign at Old Trafford last season. Despite the arrival of former Everton boss David Moyes, who helped bring the England striker through, he doesn’t appear to have changed his mind.
With his heart still evidently set on a transfer, Moyes has repeated his desire to keep Rooney at the club, but suggested he would be playing second fiddle to Robin Van Persie.
At his best, Rooney can make the difference at the highest of levels. Capable of playing in various positions, he prefers to play as a striker, where he possesses every skill a forward needs with regards to scoring and making goals. Chelsea fans would like to see their forward line strengthened and probably wouldn’t be too disappointed with Rooney. Their current forwards aren’t considered good enough to many for a realistic title challenge.
The fee offered for Rooney was reportedly £22 million. This may seem low, but the player only has two years remaining on his contract. Manchester United maintain that Rooney is not for sale, but there’s only so much you can do to keep an unhappy player. Chelsea are one of few sides in world football who have the financial resources to pay Rooney’s wages and transfer fee.
Jose Mourinho has also stated Chelsea will not raise their bid for Rooney, but they might have to if they’re desperate to secure his services.