Chelsea Transfer News: Jose Mourinho Wise to Continue Pursuit of Wayne Rooney
Jose Mourinho can't be blamed for a lack of persistence. The Chelsea boss has been continually rebuffed in his attempts to purchase Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, but he is still making it clear that he will not let up on his pursuit:
Jose Mourinho still after Wayne Rooney and sends message to rivals Manchester City and United: Jose Mourinho i... http://t.co/2hKJiMDLMh— Premier League (@PremiierLeague) August 18, 2013
In the report linked in that tweet, Neil Moxley states:
The Stamford Bridge boss confirmed he will chase the England striker until the transfer window closes on September 2, and Sportsmail understands if unsuccessful he will resume his pursuit in the January window.
This report came after an impressive 2-0 win over Hull City in the opener. The buzz is already growing around Chelsea's season, but Mourinho is still pushing to add Rooney.
And he's already given quite a push:
Manchester United has rejected a £25 million ($38M) offer from Chelsea for star striker Wayne Rooney. United says "he is not for sale."— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 5, 2013
United's stance certainly hasn't seemed to change.
Following the Red Devils' 4-1 win over Swansea City in their opener, the Daily Mail reported, according to a "United source," that the 27-year-old Rooney has accepted that Manchester United will not sell him.
Undeterred, Mourinho is ready is ready to up his offer. In Moxley's report, he states it is "believed" Chelsea will make an offer "in the region of £40 million" at some point this week.
Despite United's steadfast stance that Rooney is not for sale, I'm not ruling out this move. One needs look no further than Rooney's attitude in United's opener for evidence of this.
After staying inactive in the preseason with injury concerns, Rooney played in his first game under Moyes. He started on the sidelines, which is understandable given his lack of playing time.
He came on in the 62nd minute, and played well, but it wasn't his play that is the issue. It was his attitude. Rooney spent the game playing the sullen and spoiled superstar.
He seemed to take little joy in the fine performance, and he certainly wasn't eager to celebrate triumphs with his teammates:
Here is Wayne Rooney buzzing when Manchester United scored: pic.twitter.com/7ENkOokNtf— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) August 17, 2013
As long as Rooney continues to be visibly disgruntled, the possibility of a new destination remains. While Rooney can make a big contribution to the Red Devils, he could make a bigger one with Chelsea.
At some point, the Red Devils will have to realize that they are being offered more for Rooney than he is worth to them.
Meanwhile, Mourinho continues to force the issue, and I'd be surprised if he doesn't eventually get what he wants.
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