Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Latest Speculation Surrounding Wayne Rooney's Future

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJuly 22, 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 Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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The transfer window is always filled with rumors, speculation and uncertainty, but if there's one thing we know for sure, it's that Wayne Rooney will be playing in the EPL this season. 

We're just not exactly positive which club it will be for. 

All indications, at least according to David Moyes, are that the English international will remain with Manchester United as he approaches a decade with the Red Devils. 

With Moyes—who butted heads with Rooney during the duo's time at Everton—replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, there was initial conjecture that the 27-year-old was on his way out. However, Moyes has consistently reiterated that Rooney is not for sale

Seems simple enough, but new (again) Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho isn't exactly ready to give up. 

Mourinho recently called Rooney his only target, which should make for a compelling month leading up to the start of the EPL campaign. 

According to The Telegraph's Jason Burt and Mark Ogden, Manchester United has already rejected a £25 million bid by Chelsea, but the Blues are planning on coming back with a massive counteroffer:

Chelsea are discussing what they consider would be a ‘knockout’ £40   million bid to sign Wayne Rooney. The offer would be vastly higher than their opening bid of under £25 million, which was flatly rejected by Manchester United, who insist the unsettled striker is not for sale.

However, there is an expectation at Chelsea that Rooney can be signed this summer and it is believed the 27-year-old is not only keen to quit United but move to Stamford Bridge and join up with new manager Jose Mourinho.

The Mirror's Martin Lipton has a similar report, but it comes with a different figure:

Chelsea believe it is a only matter of time before Wayne Rooney is their player.

But the Blues are resigned to not landing Rooney in time for him to return to Old Trafford in a Blues shirt on August 26.

The Stamford Bridge club will table a second bid of £24million this week and feel they can get their man for around the £30m mark – despite Manchester United’s insistence the England man is not for sale.

The mere fact that the two sources are £10 million apart on the reported second offer should lead you to take all of this speculation with a large grain of salt.

Still, there is always the ongoing buzz that Rooney wants out of Old Trafford, and if that's true, Moyes may be better off accepting an offer. You know the old adage—no player is bigger than the club. Don't let him be there if he doesn't want to be.  

The Guardian's Jamie Jackson has the newest rumor on Rooney's agitation with his current club:

Wayne Rooney's belief that Sir Alex Ferguson remains among the key power brokers at Manchester United is a fundamental reason why the striker wants to leave the club.

While Ferguson may actually have no material influence on how David Moyes views Rooney's value to his squad, it is understood that the forward's perception is that the former manager will be among the loudest voices at United, despite retiring as manager last season.

Although Moyes insists he wants the unsettled Rooney to stay at Old Trafford and is not for sale, the 27-year-old remains intent on leaving.

The hubbub surrounding Rooney isn't surprising. 

In 27 EPL appearances this season, he scored 12 goals and tallied 10 assists. Although he's a clinical finisher and world-class forward, he has the versatility, engine and passing ability to step back and play an attacking midfielder role. 

That combination of talent and versatility around the pitch is extremely rare. 

And with two heated rivals at the top of the league continuing to battle for his services, it appears this saga could carry deep into the summer.