Wayne Rooney: Where Would Manchester United Striker Fit in at Chelsea?

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMay 21, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17:   Wayne Rooney of Manchester United walks off the pitch after being substituted during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on April 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Transfer sagas traditionally dominate summers bereft of international action, and the coming months will be no different.

Gareth Bale and Christian Benteke signing new contracts with their respective clubs will disappoint media everywhere, but the Wayne Rooney discussion is certain to keep the papers ticking over.

Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that Manchester United had rejected a transfer request from Rooney following his non-appearance against Swansea, and now The Mirror believe Chelsea are going all in for him.

Chelsea want to make sure that if Wayne leaves United, there is only one place he will go.

They are prepared to spend, big, big money on Rooney and they have told United that.

Mourinho would love to manage Rooney. He thinks he can get him back to his best and use him in a similar way to how Didier Drogba operated for Chelsea.

It seems all but set for the Manchester United stalwart to leave the club this summer, and with it being his second transfer request, the club would be wise to move him on.

They're facing a difficult summer following the departure of SAF, and incoming David Moyes successfully sued Rooney for more than £500,000 worth of damages for libel following comments in the player's autobiography back in 2008.

Right from the off, the relationship is fractious, and moving the player on would make for a much easier first summer in charge at the biggest club in the world.

Chelsea are one of a select group of clubs that could compete with and match the £250,000/week Rooney pulls in, and have the profile and squad to appease his standards.

Rooney's future at Manchester United seemed more and more likely to be in central midfield as the season wore on, and judging by numerous player comments, he wasn't exactly delighted about that.

No doubt, his No. 1 priority when negotiating with other clubs will be the prerequisite of him playing as a striker, and Chelsea just so happen to have a question mark in that position.

The Mirror's aforementioned source suggests Rooney could be Chelsea's next Didier Drogba, and that expected manager Jose Mourinho would love to coax the best out of the England international.

The Blues' legendary striker would often put the team on his back and carry them up the field. And while they have a very (physically) similar player to him in Romelu Lukaku on the books, it's clear Mourinho isn't willing to hang his hat on him.

Further reports of Mourinho's interest in taking Napoli hitman Edinson Cavani to Chelsea have abounded (via The Guardian), and these constant links spell bad news for Lukaku and Fernando Torres.

A tough-tackling defensive midfielder has emerged as a need for Chelsea, but a dynamic, attacking one has not given the transformation of David Luiz and extended contract of Frank Lampard.

If Rooney joins Chelsea, it will be on his own terms, and those terms will be mega wages combined with an assured position at striker.

Would Chelsea fans like to see Rooney lead the line, or see Lukaku given the chance to become the next Drogba instead?


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