Alternatives the Stamford Bridge side could pursue if move for the Old Trafford star fails to materalise.
Jose Mourinho has recently said that Wayne Rooney is his only summer transfer target. However, Manchester United continue to maintain that they won’t sell the England international and there is a possibility that Mourinho will miss out on Rooney, meaning he will need to look at signing other players. Here are five players Chelsea could sign if they miss out on Wayne Rooney.
Burak Yilmaz- Galatasaray
The Turkish striker is certainly a late bloomer, having only really reached his potential last season at Galatasaray. The striker scored 32 goals for the Turkish giants last season, with team mate Didier Drogba claiming that Yilmaz was the clubs player of the year. Yilmaz also got some praise from Jose Mourinho, with the Chelsea manager calling him world class. Should Mourinho miss out on Rooney, Yilmaz would be excellent alternative. Much like Rooney, Yilmaz is a complete striker, being able to score many types of goals whilst also being versatile. He can play as the lone striker or he play off another front-man, as he has been at Galatasaray with Drogba. Yilmaz could bring this skill to Stamford Bridge, along with his exceptional goal scoring touch.
Earlier in the summer, reports suggested that Chelsea were looking into signing Yilmaz and those reports could re-surface if the club miss out on Rooney. For Yilmaz, it would be an opportunity to play in one of Europe’s big leagues and he could thrive in the Premier League, which is known as a very high scoring league. At 27, Yilmaz is at his peak so their is no better time for Chelsea to sign the striker and Yilmaz also has a very good record of scoring lots of goals in the Champions League, a competition that Jose Mourinho is determined to win now that he is back at Chelsea. The Blues may face competition for the signing of Yilmaz, with Premier League rivals Liverpool known to be monitoring the striker. However, if Chelsea do decide to go for Yilmaz, they will be able to offer the player Champions League football, something Liverpool can’t offer at the moment, meaning the Blues would have the upper hand.