Jose Mourinho won’t be getting Wayne Rooney this summer.
The Chelsea manager has had his heart set on one of Manchester United’s top players during the transfer window, failing with two bids already. Daniel Taylor of The Guardian reports the EPL champions won’t be giving Rooney up no matter how much Mourinho bids going forward.
Landing Rooney would make Chelsea an instant favorite in the EPL, as he would give the club a massive boost. In the Premier League last season, he scored 12 goals and racked up 10 assists for Manchester United in 22 matches. Rooney is one of the top players in the world, but Mourinho clearly already knows that.
The problem for Manchester United is that, while it knows that Rooney wants out, manager David Moyes can’t afford to get rid of him—especially to a rival club. Taylor recently wrote a column deeming a potential transfer of Rooney from Manchester United to Chelsea “unthinkable.”
In a potential transfer for the star, Chelsea would be improving while Manchester United would be getting worse. If Moyes wants his team to repeat as champions, he’s going to need Rooney on the pitch—and not for the opponent. The Scot is smart to hang on to him, but Mourinho is also wise to keep pursuing him.
The Rooney saga will likely continue until Moyes finally gives in and lets Chelsea have him, which is still possible. The Blues will be a good club without Rooney, but the EPL could be theirs with him on the pitch. For now, Mourinho just has to hope for the best.
Aside from Rooney being unavailable, for lack of a better word, here are a few other rumors regarding the transfer window and the Blues.
Samuel Eto’o to Chelsea?
While Mourinho probably won’t wind up with Rooney on his squad any time in the near future, he may have Samuel Eto’o.
Matt Lipton of the Daily Mirror reports that Chelsea are one of several clubs looking to land the striker. Here’s a portion of the scribe’s report:
The Cameroon striker accepts he is the Blues’ fall-back option if their pursuit of Wayne Rooney fails—the Londoners are refusing to give up on the England ace, despite Manchester United’s clear insistence he is not for sale.
Eto’o is desperate to quite Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachakla after the club’s billionaire owner, Suleyman Kerimov, suddenly pulled the financial plug.
At 32 years old, Eto’o wouldn’t fit in with Chelsea' recent policy of buying younger talent to develop. But he would still bring several leadership qualities and an impressive resume to the club. He was brilliant in his years with Barcelona (2004-09) and Inter Milan (2009-11).
Bleacher Report’s Tim Daniels doesn’t think Mourinho should pursue the striker because he isn’t in his prime anymore. While that’s true, it would still be a worthwhile move for Chelsea for the right price. Eto’o is far from a Rooney-like talent these days, but the Blues would be better with him in their side.
Demba Ba On Way Out?
While many Chelsea fans are focused on players potentially coming to the club, there is also some news about a player who could be leaving the Blues.
Demba Ba has been a solid player for Chelsea in limited time, but he isn’t really a starting option for Mourinho. He isn’t going to play ahead of Fernando Torres or Romelu Lukaku, which makes him somewhat expendable. Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror reports West Ham could be where Ba winds up.
Ba is a former member of West Ham and played very well for the club back in 2010-11. In that season, he scored seven goals in 12 matches (10 starts and two appearances as a substitute) for the club. He spent time with Newcastle as well before coming to the Blues last January.
Bleacher Report’s Joshua Hayward recently wrote how West Ham would be the best landing spot for the 28-year-old, and it’s hard to disagree with his opinion. Ba would likely thrive with the club just like he did in the past. In reality, Mourinho has no reason not to let him play for West Ham either.
If Ba isn’t going to make a significant impact for Chelsea this year, the club’s best option is to send him on his way back to West Ham.