Chelsea Launch £40m Bid for Man United Striker Wayne Rooney

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Stamford Bridge side significantly raise offer for Old Trafford forward.

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Chelsea are set to make a £40m offer for Man United striker Wayne Rooney according to the Independent.

Having seen an earlier bid of £27m turned down Jose Mourinho is ready to make a sizable increase on his opening bid in the hope that this may persuade Man United to sell the England international to a Premier League rival, a move that may or may not prove successful.

It’s clear that the relationship between Man United and Wayne Rooney is strained and one wonders if the damage done is repairable and if not then it seems likely that the Old Trafford side would seek to cash-in on Rooney but with there bound to be interest from the continent it seems highly unlikely Man United would entertain the notion of selling to the Stamford Bridge side.

Jose Mourinho hopes to have Rooney leading the Stamford Bridge line next season, seemingly preferring this option to using the likes of Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba.

Rooney was used in a withdrawn striking role last term to accommodate Robin Van Persie’s arrival and comments made by David Moyes suggest that the former Everton man may only be used in a back-up role and this could well fuel the Man United striker’s desire to leave as soon as possible.

Signing Wayne Rooney would be a major statement of intent from Chelsea and would ably assist Mourinho’s push for a more suitable striker to spearhead an attack that would, in theory, see creative talents Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar providing the ammunition for the England international.

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