According to Sky Sports News, Manchester United have rejected a second bid from Chelsea for their striker Wayne Rooney. The story broke at around 10:00 a.m. on Monday morning.
The bid is reported to be in the region of £30 million, an improved sum, but United have supposedly rejected the bid. After weeks of the transfer market being dominated by Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez, the Rooney saga has returned.
Rooney is reported to have handed in a transfer request towards the end of last season and his future has been the source of many questions for new manager, David Moyes. Moyes has reiterated that Rooney is not for sale but it’s hard to imagine him keeping an unsettled player, if that is the case. Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, has gone public with his attempts to sign Rooney and it seems that they will persist with their attempt to sign Rooney.
It would be strange to see Rooney in a Chelsea shirt but their need for a striker and the fact that United will use Robin Van Persie as first choice striker means the move can make sense for Rooney. He has been used in various positions by United and he may want to move to a club where he can play in his preferred position. It would be understandable if Rooney’s frustration has reached an end and he is actively seeking a new challenge.
United will obviously be reluctant to sell to a big rival club and if Rooney does insist that he wants to leave, they will need to sign a replacement. This deal still looks like a real possibility but there will be a lot of negotiations and stumbling blocks for both parties before any deal could be made possible. The Rooney talk had gone quiet for a number of weeks but it is circulating now again and will be around until a deal is reached or the transfer window closes.