With as much fanfare as Manchester United is getting in the transfer rumor mill, very little is actually happening.
If the Red Devils continue to be linked in rumor only and not in contract to a big-time acquisition, then it will be far harder for a team to pry away Wayne Rooney. David Moyes will assuredly want to bring in a talent before parting with Rooney.
That said, Rooney will undoubtedly be able to add a little motivation to Moyes in an upcoming meeting, reported by the Daily Mail's Chris Wheeler, between the two.
As Wheeler reports, this will be the first meeting of the two since Moyes, to Rooney's consternation, intimated him he wanted to keep him on the roster to be the backup to Robin van Persie.
I can't imagine there is much Moyes will be able to say to Rooney to ease his doubts about returning to Manchester United. Still, even if Rooney is passionately adamant about his desire to leave, I would still expect Moyes to look to make his first splash in the transfer market with the Red Devils by bringing someone in.
That is when I would look to see Rooney finally moved, and when he does move, he will likely do so to Chelsea.
In the article by Wheeler, it is noted that Moyes said Manchester United has not had contact with Chelsea about Rooney since denying a £20 million bid earlier in the month.
However, that certainly doesn't mean Chelsea has lost interest.
Obviously, this is the kind of thing that can really hamper a team's bargaining power. However, Mourinho is stopping far short of appearing desperate for Rooney.
McGeehan noted that Mourinho also added, "...we are calm as we told you that we are calm because we are happy with what we have."
To convey that calm, Mourinho expanded even further in a later interview. The Sun passed along the following quote from Mourinho:
The club is in a very good balance with salaries, income, outcome. So not to break the balance in our numbers and to still invest in a player that costs £20m, £25m, £30m—the club is ready for that.
Do we need to sell first? No, no, no, we don’t need to sell.
Mourinho also said that this pursuit could go all the way until Sept. 2.
Where will Rooney wind up?
While he didn't mention Rooney by name in that most recent quote, there is little doubt over who he was talking about.
It is Rooney of course, and Mourinho isn't going to launch into a bidding war while the Red Devils are still trying to figure how available the striker is. As he made clear, the club is going to be patient.
At some point, I expect this move to get done, but I'm certainly not going to hold my breath until it happens.