Stamford Bridge side biding their time over England striker.
Chelsea are delaying making a bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney as they are keen for the player to make an appearance in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial game before making their move according to The Times.
The Stamford Bridge side have made Rooney their sole summer target despite United insisting the striker is not for sale.
But Chelsea are biding their time as they believe a hostile reception from United fans at Ferdinand’s upcoming testimonial would reinforce Rooney’s determination to leave the club.
Rooney was booed by a section of fans at the end of last season after former manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he had handed in his second transfer request in three years.
The Old Trafford faithful are unlikely to have warmed to Rooney since following summer reports of him attempting to engineer a move away from the club.
Rooney is reportedly keen to leave United as he feels underappreciated at the club. The England star feels he is playing second choice to Robin Van Persie despite being at the peak of his capabilities.
The player was reportedly angered by comments made by David Moyes that he was not an automatic selection in the team unless Van Persie was unavailable.