Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Why Wayne Rooney Is Worthwhile Investment for Club

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 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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Chelsea are ready to spend a lot of money to acquire Wayne Rooney. While the cost might seem too high, the move would certainly be worth it for the Blues.

According to Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard, Chelsea are making a second bid for the forward:

Chelsea will make another attempt to sign Wayne Rooney and are weighing up a bid of around £40million for the England international.

Rooney remains the club’s main target before the transfer window closes on September 2 and they have already had a £27m offer rejected this month.

This is a move that will please at least two of the three sides involved in this transaction.

Chelsea have made Rooney their priority this summer, with manager Jose Mourinho even saying that the transfer period could be defined as "Rooney or bust," according to BBC Sport.

Additionally, it appears as though the player is ready to make a change to go to Stamford Bridge. Jonathan Birchall of reports that Rooney has told his manager David Moyes that he wants to leave and even that there has been an agreement on a new deal.

At this point, it seems as though the only person who does not want this transfer to happen is Moyes, who remains determined to keep the club veteran at Old Trafford, according to Richard Tanner of the Daily Express.

Still, the new manager will not want to begin his tenure at Manchester United with an unhappy superstar and he is likely to eventually cave in.

This only leaves the question of whether Rooney is worth £40 million in a transfer. While some Chelsea fans might disagree, he absolutely is worthy of this fee.

Mourinho is going hard after the 27-year-old for good reason: he is still one of the top players in England. As recently as the 2011-12 season, Rooney scored 27 league goals and he has proven at international level that he still has an elite scoring ability.

Last season, he was asked to play in a few positions and was benched in some important matches. He still managed 12 goals and 10 assists in league play, and was one of only four players to reach double figures in each category.

If he can be this successful playing out of position in less of an attacking role, he could have a huge year as a forward.

Additionally, it will solidify the front line for Chelsea after this being a problem over the past year. Fernando Torres and Demba Ba were inconsistent at best last season, while Romelu Lukaku has little experience playing with the club.

While the club is hoping for a big year out of Lukaku, there will be a lot more confidence in Rooney as a primary scoring option with the youngster playing alongside of him. At that point, Torres or Ba could simply provide cover if they are not sold.

The experience and leadership that Rooney could provide after a decade in the EPL will also be huge for the development of the 20-year-old Lukaku.

Finally, signing Rooney would seriously weaken the defending league champions heading into the season. Obviously, the squad still has Robin van Persie and others to provide the offense, but Rooney was still a huge part of the club's success last season, and will certainly be missed.

Any time you can make yourself stronger while weakening a primary rival, you have to do it regardless of the price.

Chelsea are already a top contender to win the Premier League this season. Adding Rooney could be enough to make them favorites. This makes this transfer worthy of the high cost it will take to complete.


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