Not long ago, the Portuguese coach was talking about his love for Rooney and his admiration to bring him to Stamford Bridge, per The Guardian:
He's [Rooney] a player that I like very much. Being fast and direct I like him very much, but he's a Manchester United player.
Throughout the last several weeks, Rooney has been heavily linked with Chelsea. According to Joe Bernstein of the Daily Mail, Chelsea and Mourinho remain hopeful that they can buy the English international despite United establishing that he is not for sale this summer.
While Chelsea has added quality players such as Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and Mark Schwarzer, all of whom have a chance to have a role in this year's team, most Chelsea fans would say that no true superstar has been added to the team's roster.
Adding Rooney would do just that.
While Chelsea currently has three established Premier League strikers on their roster in Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku, the Blues don't have a single striker of superstar talent that can be turned to in a given game.
While Lukaku started for West Bromwich Albion last season on loan, he hasn't had the opportunity to prove himself as an everyday striker for one of Europe's top sides. And while Torres and Ba have had their moments over the past few seasons, neither of the two have shown that they can be consistent enough to be relied on through the course of an EPL season.
Having scored 141 goals in 278 appearances for Manchester United, Rooney would add the big-game experience that Torres, Ba and Lukaku all currently lack.
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Not only has he had the act for scoring big goals in big games, Rooney would have the hunger needed to prove himself to a new club after enduring a fallout with his club and new boss David Moyes. According to David McDonnell of the Mirror, the new manager even said Rooney is only vital to the club if an injury were to occur to first-choice striker Robin Van Persie:
Overall my thought on Wayne is, if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we’ll need him. Manchester United isn’t about Wayne Rooney. Manchester United is about the team—the club. I won’t allow Wayne Rooney to become more important than the football club and the football team, because that’s the heart of it.
Rooney would undoubtedly come to Chelsea a new player with hopes of proving United and Moyes wrong.
Not only would the 27-year-old become Chelsea's first-choice striker, he would also provide Mourinho and company with plenty of options and versatility.
While Rooney has proved himself as an out-and-out striker, he has also shown he can play in the hole right behind a striker. If Juan Mata or Eden Hazard were to need a rest or suffer an injury, Rooney has the versatility in his game to play right behind Torres, Lukaku or even Ba and be the playmaker of the team.
Rooney has shown that he has the ability to drop back into the midfield, receive the ball and distribute to other playmakers. However, given the opportunity in the number nine role, Rooney has shown to have a deadly approach in front of goal. Simply put, Rooney is still one of the best players currently in England.
Yes, Chelsea will only think about making a bid for Rooney if the price is right. And yes, there's no guarantee that United will even listen to a bid.
However, it's becoming quite clear that Rooney's time with Manchester United is coming to an end. Both Rooney and United need a fresh start in a new direction.
Chelsea would provide that. Rooney would have a chance to revitalize his career in West London, while at the same time, making Chelsea the favorites to grab their first Premier League title since 2010.
Time will only tell if Rooney will eventually move away from Manchester, but from where I'm standing, a move to London seems like in the best interest for both Chelsea and Rooney.
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