Wayne Rooney’s ongoing transfer ordeal this summer has been among the most documented stories not only in the Premier League but also world football.
Recent months have seen Chelsea emerge as favourites to land the Red Devils attacker, with Jose Mourinho taking a more laid-back approach when others may have been tempted into more forceful measures.
According to Sky Sports, the Blues' boss very recently commented that “there is no time limit" on the matter.
Mourinho goes on to say of the Rooney saga:
We have our squad of strikers. We have identified the player as one we would look to have with us.
We are doing things legally, making the official bid directly to the club, no interviews or comments or direct relations with the player, no contact, absolutely nothing. We have done it in an ethical way and we are going to do that until the last day. And we will see how it comes.
As far as the Chelsea boss is concerned, everything appears to be running in his favour right now. The Portuguese is already convinced with his current squad and Rooney’s presence would add another plus.
With Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, Andre Schurrle, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Kevin De Bruyne and others making up the West London club’s attack, it’s clear the outfit will be scoring goals this season.
If Rooney does move to Stamford Bridge, it’s another string to the ever-growing Chelsea bow. If not, it’s by no means the end of their season.
It’s no wonder that Mourinho is in no rush to thrash out a deal.
The latest comments come just a week after Rooney was reported by the Daily Mail’s David Kent as ready to hand in a transfer request.
Should the Merseysider do just that, it would inevitably change the whole dynamic of negotiations, making it official that Rooney no longer wants to remain at Old Trafford.
The official Manchester United Twitter account already confirmed that Rooney would not be playing in Sunday’s Community Shield against Wigan Athletic:
As the summer transfer window comes to its close, the reigning Premier League champions are yet to make complete any major summer moves, while Chelsea have conducted some big business in recent months.
David Moyes’ first season in charge at the Theatre of Dreams was never going to be an easy one, but the last critics the Scotsman needs on his back are those coming out of his own club’s support.
Rooney’s sale or lack thereof is likely to play a big role in his debut campaign with United, opinion seemingly split over whether the club should cash in on their forward or not.
Mourinho seems little more than a bystander at this stage, one who’s been quick to assume a position of power in his first term back in the Premier League.
It’s more a case of the Blues manager biding his time to see if anything comes out of the Manchester United camp, waiting to see who blinks first and being ready to pounce.