Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Blues Must Take Advantage of Wayne Rooney Unrest

Justin Onslow@@JustinOnslowNFLContributor IIJuly 17, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 29:  Wayne Rooney of England in action during the International Friendly match between England and the Republic of Ireland at Wembley Stadium on May 29, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Will he or won’t he?

That’s the question that has surrounded Wayne Rooney and his potential desire to leave Old Trafford for greener pastures this summer. Every week holds a different story.

The drama started well before Rooney made it to the summer transfer period. With Sir Alex Ferguson playing out his final months with the club, the manager opted to play Rooney as Manchester United’s second fiddle behind Robin van Persie.

Rooney didn’t seem happy with the change in role, and when Ferguson departed Old Trafford, he left with some words to suggest the striker wanted out.

While Rooney denied those claims, the unrest never subsided. It seemed Rooney would be exploring his options on the transfer market.

As the rumours subsided and the dust began to once again settle, the 27-year-old was held back from the club’s trip to Asia with a reported leg injury, per Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.

While there may be something to that story, it opened the door for rumours to recirculate, and now the situation appears to be coming to a head.

According to Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror, Rooney is making it ever clearer he wants out, and Chelsea appear to be the club of his preference:

Wayne Rooney wants to quit Manchester United after being left “angry and confused” by new Old Trafford boss David Moyes.

England ace Rooney feels he is being driven out of the club after five months of negativity which is tantamount to “constructive dismissal”.

Rooney is aware that both Arsenal and Chelsea want him, although he believes United would prefer to sell him to the Gunners rather than a potential title rival.

As the Mirror revealed last month, Chelsea - now back under the command of Jose Mourinho - is his preferred destination. That’s bad news for United and very good news for Chelsea.

Per Jason Burt of The Telegraph, Jose Mourinho has been reportedly interested in reworking the Blues roster, and there isn’t a better player to start that rebuild than a superstar striker like Rooney.

Per Lipton, Mourinho and Chelsea haven’t made a bid for Rooney yet, but the door is wide open. Given his unrest and the drama it has caused at Old Trafford, there won’t be a better opportunity to swoop in with a bid, especially if other clubs are interested in doing the same.

Rooney would come at a hefty price, though. As noted by Martin Blackburn of The Sun, it would likely cost a total sum of roughly £80 million to lock him up:

Blues boss Jose Mourinho is aware Rooney wants a five-year deal and £200,000 a week to leave the Premier League champs.

In addition to that £52m package, Chelsea would have to stump up £28m for his transfer fee.

The salary details of the transfer aren’t really the issue at this point. Rooney is going to command a new contract wherever he ends up, and £200,000 per week is par for the course for a player of his caliber.

The interesting figure in that estimate is £28 million. Given the transfer fee United could demand for Rooney, less than £30 million could be viewed as a relative bargain for a club like Chelsea.

But the bottom line is this: Money isn’t going to come into question for any team willing to deal for Rooney. For a player of his talent, clubs are going to be willing to dole out top dollar to acquire him.

For Chelsea, the choice is rather obvious. The Blues need an elite striker this summer, and Rooney is apparently available for the taking—and now is the time to act.


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