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In a summer that has been full of drama, big signings and plenty of player movement in the Premier League, Chelsea has remained pretty quiet.
While Manchester City added a small army of talented players, Chelsea brought in Andre Schurrle. While Manchester United and Tottenham are in danger of losing superstars like Gareth Bale and Wayne Rooney, Chelsea has kept all of their players and will be bolstered by young studs returning from loan spells last season, like Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne.
And while Arsenal made it publicly known they would spend, spend, spend this summer—something, by the way, the club has yet to do, although Luis Suarez may yet be coming—Chelsea has seemed pretty satisfied with the club it has.
And for good reason. This is a young, stacked team with Jose Mourinho pulling the strings. The Blues are already very dangerous, and suddenly feel more stable than they have in summers past, when the transfer policy seemed to be "buy the biggest name available whether it makes sense for the team or not, because we can."
So can you imagine what this team would look like if Wayne Rooney was added?
The one potential weakness you could point to for Chelsea is at center-forward, and that's assuming Lukaku can't replicate his form from last year and either Fernando Torres or Demba Ba fails to elevate his game.
Quite simply, adding a player of Rooney's class would push Chelsea to new heights, and should make them Premier League favorites from next season.
And he may yet be making the move to Stamford Bridge. From Martin Lipton of the Mirror:
The Blues are privately confident they will land Rooney before deadline day even though Manchester United have pledged the England ace is not for sale after rejecting an opening £20million offer.
But after watching his side finish the Asian leg of their pre-season campaign with a one-sided romp, Mourinho maintained there is no reason for Chelsea to panic over their prime target.
Chelsea are playing a waiting game before tabling a second bid which will be around £24m and speaking directly about Rooney for the first time in a week, Mourinho said: “There is no transfer movement, no.
“At this moment we have done what you know, made that bid which was public and official. After that nothing else. But we are calm, as we told you that we are calm, because we are happy with what we have.”
For a moment, imagine Rooney being supported by Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar behind him, with Victor Moses and Andre Schurrle working their way into the attacking corps as well.
It's a pretty frightening thought, right?
Like he did for Manchester United, Rooney would probably have to tweak his game slightly for Chelsea. Where United pushed him further into the midfield to allow Robin van Persie to do his thing, Chelsea would probably need Rooney to drift back to find the play less and instead remain further up the pitch.
Besides, with playmakers like Mata, Hazard and Oscar behind him, Rooney wouldn't have to find the play as much, because those players would ensure that the ball found him.
From a creative and technical standpoint, Chelsea's attack would be unrivaled in the league. The Blues would create some really, really beautiful goals, and Rooney could get back to being the center of attack and clinical goal-scorer that he's been for so many years with United.
It's a match made in heaven, really. Manchester United would be insane to ever sell Rooney to Chelsea, but if for some crazy reason it happens, well, don't be surprised when Chelsea wins the Premier League title.