Jose Mourinho's return to the Premier League this season hasn't been the overwhelming success that some may have thought it would be. But if the returned Special One was looking to make a statement, then a winter move for Wayne Rooney is right on the money.
The Manchester United forward is understood to be growing increasingly concerned at Old Trafford, and Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Sunderland in the Capital One Cup will have only further dented the Red Devils' chances of hanging on to their star.
However, United's loss can most definitely be the Blues' gain in this scenario.
According to ESPN, the reigning Premier League champions are eager to negotiate a new contract with their talisman, and understandably so given that he's been their biggest attacking influence this term.
That being said, Rooney is waiting to see if his side qualify for the Champions League next season, with David Moyes admitting that he's unsure about whether or not the striker will stay.
An excerpt from the report reads:
Manchester United manager David Moyes admits he is not sure whether Wayne Rooney will sign a new contract at the club.
Rooney's contract expires at the end of next season, and it is believed that he is waiting until after the World Cup to decide whether he will commit his future at United. The reigning Premier League champions are keen to open negotiations over a new contract.
Rooney would be the ideal signing for Mourinho's side, who are currently lacking in reliable figures up front and considering Rooney's dilemma could very realistically force United into selling.
ESPN have also alleged that a £30 million offer is in the offing:
As things stand, Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba are failing to impress at Stamford Bridge, especially when one considers the kind of money shelled out in transfer fees and wages for the former two in particular.
The Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman has stated that United will not sell to Chelsea, however:
@uggy7 can't see chelsea selling to utd, unless rooney other way. And that won't happen.— Ian Ladyman (@Ian_Ladyman_DM) January 2, 2014
Per Transfermakrt.co.uk, Rooney has scored 11 goals and made 19 assists for United so far this term, with his side evidently suffering in his injury absence, losing their last three games in a row.
Those statistics show that, more than just finishing ability, the 28-year-old has fully evolved into the provisional character that's gradually become arguably the main attraction in his skill set.
So, not only would Rooney bring a helping hand to west London through direct means, but he would also give a major helping hand in encouraging those around him to perform, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Oscar, Andre Schurrle and others numbering among the most probable benefactors.
In short, the England international summarises everything Mourinho's team is in need of right now, and it's vital that the Blues capitalise upon United's current weakness with a firm message of intent.