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UPDATE: August 12, 2013
UPDATE: August 10, 2013
Manchester United have knocked back another offer from Chelsea for Wayne Rooney, as reported by Ben Smith at BBC Sport.
If the Blues sign Rooney, it would contradict José Mourinho's promise to bring the best out of Fernando Torres.
"I think some of the work we do with the team in terms of attack suits his [Torres'] qualities," Mourinho said, via Sky Sports. "We want to adapt the team and teach the team how to use his [Torres'] best qualities."
Juan Mata can be elite as a wide attacking midfielder, but in the 25 games he started as a No. 10 last season, he scored 10 times and created 13 goals—he's indispensable.
Rooney, who's at home in a free-roaming position, will be Chelsea's nine-and-a-half, meaning the Blues won't play with a traditional centre-forward if he's a starter.
This leaves Torres and Romelu Lukaku vying for an impact sub role with the possibility to start up front should Rooney's form deteriorate.
According to Richard Tanner at The Express, Rooney will attempt to force through a move away from United by handing in a transfer request.
Coral have made light of the situation.