Mourinho tried to sign the Englishman during the summer.
Chelsea are preparing to lure unsettled Manchester United front man Wayne Rooney to Stamford Bridge by lodging a bid of £35 million with the Premier League champions for their star man as soon as the winter transfer window opens again for business at the turn of the year, according to reports in the Metro.
The in-form England international was the subject of huge speculation regarding his future at Old Trafford throughout the entire summer transfer window after reports emerged that Rooney had asked to leave the Premier League giants.
Former United head coach Sir Alex Ferguson was the person to reveal that the striker had handed in a transfer request at the end of the previous campaign, although it has subsequently turned out that Rooney did not submit any such proposal in writing.
Either way, though, the west London club tried to take advantage of the situation by lodging two offers with United for Rooney, both of which were immediately rejected out of hand by the champions, who stated that the 28-year-old was not for sale at any price.
However, it appears as though the Blues are still intent on testing United’s resolve to keep hold of the forward, who only has a contract at the Theatre of Dreams until June 2015, by bidding £35m for the player’s services come January.