Both top-flight giants are desperate to land their first-choice summer transfer targets.
Manchester United will allow front man Wayne Rooney to join rivals Chelsea as soon as they have completed a deal to sign FC Barcelona midfield player Cesc Fabregas this summer, according to exclusive reports in the Daily Star.
The Red Devils are understood to be happy to let the England international leave Old Trafford, however, the Premier League champions are also understood to be wary about their own fans’ reaction to the 27-year-old joining one of their fiercest rivals and as such are determined to first bring in a big-name new recruit to appease supporters.
United have already lodged two bids with the Liga champions for their coveted Spain international, the second of which arrived earlier this week for a fee believed to be worth £30 million.
The club are now said to be awaiting the Catalans’ response to their latest offer, although it is believed that new United head coach David Moyes is prepared to pay even more in order to bring the former Arsenal skipper to the north west next season.
And if United are successful in landing Fabregas, then that will have an immediate knock-on effect in allowing their own unsettled forward to move to Stamford Bridge, with United even informing the Blues to hold off on submitting any more offers for their player until they have concluded their own transfer business.
Rooney has netted 197 goals in just 401 matches for United since 2004 and is expected to cost Chelsea £35m to buy and it’s a move well worth betting on at Wincomparator.