Chelsea are discussing what they consider would be a ‘knockout’ £40 million bid to sign Wayne Rooney. The offer would be vastly higher than their opening bid of under £25 million, which was flatly rejected by Manchester United, who insist the unsettled striker is not for sale.
However, there is an expectation at Chelsea that Rooney can be signed this summer and it is believed the 27-year-old is not only keen to quit United but move to Stamford Bridge and join up with new manager Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United manager David Moyes and the club’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, maintain that Rooney will not be sold but Chelsea are continuing to test that resolve. The timing of the revelation last week that Rooney was “angry and confused” with life at United was telling, as it came on the day that Chelsea submitted their bid.
Rooney attempted to seize on comments by Moyes about his role in the United team, which were misinterpreted to suggest he was solely understudy to Robin van Persie, to justify his desire to leave.
United have indicated that even if the England international, who has two years left on his current deal, hands in a transfer request he will not be allowed to leave this summer.