One more bid for Wayne Rooney isn't going to hurt anything.
With Chelsea preparing for their Monday trip to Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho revealed that the Blues are going to make at least one more bid for Rooney. He said, "Let’s see. We make the bid and they say no again, what do we lose? One email? We are going to get a maximum of two players in this window, so if we get the second piece it will be the final piece" (h/t Rob Draper of the Daily Mail).
Draper reported the final bid would be £35 million.
The first of the two players Mourinho is talking about seems to be Willian, whom the BBC reported was moving to Stamford Bridge for £30 million, pending a medical.
Jose Mourinho has indicated that £30m Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder Willian will choose Chelsea over Tottenham http://t.co/nmBaK9t6xA— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 23, 2013
Signing Rooney would be a nice way to close the curtain on what has been a very good transfer market for the Blues. He and Willian would have carried hefty transfer fees, but Marco van Ginkel and Andre Schurrle came in on reasonable fees, with Mark Schwarzer signing on a free.
They were shrewd signings and addressed what were some of Chelsea's bigger issues coming into the summer.
Where the Blues have gotten most of their business done quickly and cleanly, their interest in Rooney has dragged on all summer to the consternation of football fans everywhere.
That is a common refrain from a lot of clubs during a transfer window, and it actually means, "Our player is only available for the right price."
If Chelsea make the right bid, David Moyes will be perfectly happy to sell his disgruntled striker. Money always talks in football.
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Plus, following Monday's match between United and Chelsea, the Red Devils would surely be more willing to let Rooney go to Stamford Bridge. There's no reason why you should sell a player of his caliber when you have his prospective new club that early on the fixture list. Just wait until after the match, when he won't hurt you as much.
There are likely some Chelsea supporters who wonder why the club is still pursuing Rooney. Signing the 27-year-old isn't a necessity, but he's an upgrade from the players the Blues currently have.
And this isn't like the Willian signing, where the club already has multiple attacking midfielders—many of whom are world class and do the exact same things on the pitch that Willian does.
When he's motivated and at his best, Rooney is one of the best forwards in the world, and there aren't many others who offer his combination of finishing and playmaking. You can play him as more of a poacher who stays close to goal, or you can have him drop deeper and run at the defence.
Rooney would be a nice foil for Romelu Lukaku and could create something similar to his partnership at United with Dimitar Berbatov.
The star forward seems to have done everything he possibly could at Manchester United. He's won multiple Premier League titles and the Champions League, scoring 197 goals for the club in the process.
New surroundings and the opportunity to work with Mourinho might get Rooney motivated and back to his best.
With the Premier League title up for grabs this season, Rooney could be the difference that elevates Chelsea ahead of Manchester United and Manchester City.