Chelsea have had a massive bid for the services of Wayne Rooney turned down. The Blues reportedly offered a player-plus-cash deal for Rooney, but it was rejected by Manchester United.
UPDATE: Wednesday, July 17, at 8 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
The Independent's Sam Wallace has the latest from Chelsea regarding Wayne Rooney:
Chelsea: 'The terms of [Rooney] offer are confidential but for avoidance of doubt ... didn't include transfer or loan of any CFC players'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy) July 17, 2013
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Should Manchester United sell Rooney this summer?
According to BBC Sport's Ben Smith, Jose Mourinho’s side submitted an offer of £10 million cash plus one player, believed to be either David Luiz or Juan Mata.
Despite becoming slightly unsettled at the club this summer, the report goes on to say that Rooney remains “not for sale” as Manchester United strive to repair their relationship with the forward.
Just hours before the offer for Rooney was made public, Smith reported that the player was “angered and confused” by his current position within the squad.
This is thought to be in reference to comments made by new Red Devils boss David Moyes, who told journalists on the club’s Asian tour that Rooney still had a major role at the club, but he also that he would provide cover for Robin van Persie should the Dutchman pick up an injury.
Chelsea’s offer for the forward also comes just a few days after Jose Mourinho spoke of his admiration for the player at the start of their Thailand tour, per Sky Sports:
But you know me, it's not my kind of character to speak with a bit of hypocrisy and I always say what I think. He is a player I like very much but I can say no more than that. Being fast and direct, I like that, but he's a Manchester United player.
Mourinho is believed to be willing to part ways with Mata or Luiz in a bid to raise some transfer funds of his own.
Irrespective of the player's image as part of the club now, Rooney has been a major contributing force behind Manchester United's success of late, as Opta have pointed out on Twitter:
73% - Man Utd have won 73% of PL games that Wayne Rooney has started in the last three seasons and just 60% without him. Difference.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 17, 2013
Upon his arrival at the club, Express' Tony Banks suggested that Luiz’s reckless habits didn’t fall in line with Mourinho's tactics and that a more conservative approach would be required.
Whether or not Manchester United would be interested in the player doesn’t seem up for debate anyway, as the club remain firm on their Rooney stance.