Englishman has now decided to leave the Premier League champions.
Manchester United are said to be bracing themselves for unsettled front man Wayne Rooney handing in a transfer request so as to push through his controversial move to arch-rivals Chelsea this summer, according to reports in The Times.
The England international’s future at Old Trafford has been under a cloud ever since former Red Devils head coach Sir Alex Ferguson revealed at the end of last season that the 27-year-old had asked to leave the club earlier in that campaign.
And despite the fact that the player himself has since gone on to strongly denied the Scot’s claims, saying that he was only seeking reassurances about his long-term future in the north west following the £24 million arrival from Arsenal last summer of fellow striker Robin van Persie, it now appears as though Rooney has made up his mind to join the west London club.
The Blues themselves have already had one offer of £26 million for the player rejected by the Red Devils, however, new United boss David Moyes and the club hierarchy are said to be bracing themselves for a second, improved bid of £30m for Rooney in the immediate future.
United also plan to turn that offer down too, however, were Rooney to submit a formal written transfer request then that would alter the situation dramatically and the forward, who has scored 197 goals in just 401 games for the club, would then be allowed to pursue his move to Stamford Bridge.