Stamford Bridge side want Old Trafford star.
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Chelsea are reportedly lining up a shock £40m bid for Man United striker Wayne Rooney according to Italian reports.
Rooney was strongly linked with a Man United exit last summer only to then sign a new contract before putting in a solid season for the club during what was on the whole a disastrous campaign under former manager David Moyes.
Mourinho is no doubt keen to re-shape his Stamford Bridge attack and with Samuel Eto’o having already left and both Demba Ba and Fernando Torres linked with summer exits there would appear to be room for Rooney in the Chelsea side.
Louis van Gaal is set to be handed a massive transfer war-chest said to be in the region of £200m and has set his sights on a number of potential attacking additions, including Dutch winger Arjen Robben and Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani and is said to be open to offers for Rooney.
Jose Mourinho has adopted a sensible approach to re-building his Chelsea squad, with player sales helping to fund moves in the transfer market.
The sales of Juan Mata and Kevin de Bruyne were used to fund the January captures of Kurt Zouma, Mohamed Salah and Nemanja Matic and though Chelsea have completed the signing of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, and expect Diego Costa to follow, the west London side have banked nearly £50m from the sale of David Luiz to PSG.
Frank Lampard’s departure, and with Ashley Cole unlikely to be handed a new contract, leaves the club’s wage-bill significantly lessened, leaving Chelsea able to make Rooney a competitive offer.
Despite Man United’s seventh place finish last season Rooney finished the campaign as the Premier League’s third highest assist maker and also registered 17 Premier League goals.
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