Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Wayne Rooney Would Be Brilliant Addition for Blues

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 05: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United sits on the bench prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on May 5, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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OK, everyone take a deep breath. On Wednesday, Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement. On Thursday, it became official that David Moyes was leaving Everton at the end of the season and taking over at Manchester United (via Sam Borden of the New York Times). 

In the midst of all that, rumors surfaced that Wayne Rooney wanted to leave Manchester United. That's a lot of turnover for the Red Devils in 24 hours—got it all straight?

But if Rooney does leave, where will he end up? According to David McDonnell and Oliver Holt of the Mirror, Chelsea is planning to make a move for the electrifying forward:

Chelsea have gate-crashed Bayern Munich’s attempt to sign Wayne Rooney.

Blues' billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has personally sanctioned a stunning £30 million move for the unsettled Manchester United star—who had a plea for a move rejected by manager Alex Ferguson a fortnight ago.

Contact has already been made between Chelsea, United and Rooney’s representatives.

In a word, that move would be brilliant for Chelsea.

For one, Rooney would instantly become the team's primary striker, scrapping the midfielder role he's had to "embrace" since Robin van Persie was signed by United over the summer. That would all but end the tenure of Fernando Torres at Chelsea, something I'm sure Blues fans won't lose much sleep over.

Goodness, just imagine the trio of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar linking up with Rooney on the attack. There wouldn't be a more nimble attack in the Premier League (well, unless all of this "Cristiano Ronaldo may return to Manchester United" business is true, that is).

You would think manager-to-be Jose Mourinho (come on, we all know it is merely a formality at this point) would love having Rooney atop his attack. With Juan Mata acting as the hub and Hazard and Oscar streaming down the wings, Rooney would get plenty of service and the opportunity to regain his scoring touch from the pre-Van Persie days.

Remember, this is a player who scored 35 goals for United last season and 27 in league play. The Blues don't have a single player with more than 13 goals for them in league play this season, and that is midfielder Frank Lampard. 

This team needs a sturdy, goalscoring machine atop the attack to replicate the Didier Drogba years. Rooney would certainly seem to be a fitting replacement.

If Chelsea are to compete for a league title next year, the striker position needs to be addressed. While United may not be keen on the idea of selling Rooney to a league rival, the addition of the English striker would instantly make the Blues a whole lot better.

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