Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Jose Mourinho Wise to Continue Pursuit of Wayne Rooney

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IAugust 22, 2013

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 17:  David Moyes (R) the manager of Manchester United passes on final instructions as Wayne Rooney (L) comes on as a substitute during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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If the summer transfer window closed before the start of the EPL season like Jose Mourinho recently suggested it should, according to Charlie Skillen's report in the Daily MailChelsea would be fine.

The Blues' six points in two matches, despite failing to play up to their full potential, suggests just that. 

But since there are still 10 days remaining until the transfer deadline, there's no reason for the Stamford Bridge club not to continue its pursuit of Wayne Rooney, especially with the underwhelming performance of its striker trio so far. 

According to the Press Association, The Special One is doing just that (via The Guardian):

José Mourinho and Chelsea will test Manchester United's determination to retain striker Wayne Rooney before the transfer window closes on 2 September because "nobody forbids you to try."

James Dickenson of the Express adds to that report, noting that the increased offer for the English international will be in the "region of £28 million."

If you're Chelsea, it's pretty simple: why not?

The Blues have a midfield dreams are made of, most notably featuring young attacking options Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar—and then, oh yeah, there's Frank Lampard, Ramires and newcomers Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel. If you put a world-class striker in front of that midfield, there aren't many defenses on the planet capable of slowing down such an attack. 

Right now, Chelsea has three very quality options at striker, but none of them are world-class. 

Fernando Torres improved immensely during the 2012-13 campaign after a dreadful debut season with Chelsea, but he still scored just eight times in 36 EPL appearances. Of all forwards who played in at least 20 matches, he finished joint 23rd in goals scored.

While the improvement was nice to see, El Nino is still not the player he used to be.

Demba Ba, meanwhile, is apparently allergic to being onside. The Senegal international has shown an ability to score in the Premier League in the past, but he was offside an astounding five times in 65 minutes against Aston Villa on Wednesday, showcasing his propensity to be painfully inconsistent. 

Finally, you have Romelu Lukaku

Easily the man with the most potential of the trio, the 20-year-old scored 17 goals in 35 appearances with West Brom last season. But it looks like Mourinho prefers him as a second-half guy, bringing him on in the 75th and 65th minute in the opening two matches. 

There's certainly not a lack of talent among that trio, and with Chelsea's midfield plus capable scorers like Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz and John Terry in the back, it's certainly enough up front to compete seriously for an EPL title. 

But Rooney, who scored 12 goals and tallied 10 assists in 27 appearances despite playing behind Robin van Persie and falling out of favor with Sir Alex Ferguson late last the season, would make the Blues the favorites.

That's a, ahem, special opportunity that Mourinho can't pass up. 


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