Chelsea have confirmed that they have made an offer for want-away Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, according to Sky Sports.
The West London club submitted a written offer to Manchester United for Rooney but have categorically denied that either Juan Mata or David Luiz were offered in a part-exchange for the forward following reports in the Daily Mail this morning.
Chelsea’s statement read:
“Chelsea Football Club can confirm that yesterday it made a written offer to Manchester United for the transfer of Wayne Rooney.
“Although the terms of the offer are confidential, for avoidance of doubt and contrary to what is currently being briefed to the press in Sydney, the proposed purchase price does not include the transfer or loan of any players from Chelsea to Manchester United.”
The reference to Sydney is aimed at United, who are currently in the Australian city as part of their pre-season tour.
It had been claimed by Sportsmail writer Simon Jones that the Blues were willing to offer £10 million plus Mata or Luiz for Rooney which sparked anger over a variety of media from Chelsea fans as the story was clearly bogus, especially as the Spaniard and Brazilian are arguably worth in excess of £35-40 million themselves and they have been proved right.
But clearly there are games being played between the two clubs and Matt Lawton, Executive Sports Editor at the Mail, described is as ‘war’ via his Twitter account.
Chelsea and United now at war. Games seemingly being played here…
— Matt Lawton (@Matt_Lawton_DM) July 17, 2013
Rooney faces a future of being more of a bit-part than he’d like to be if he remains at Old Trafford as David Moyes made it clear Robin van Persie was the number one choice at forward and commented on Rooney’s versatility, which suggests that he’ll be rotated into different roles when needed.
Jose Mourinho in a not-so-subtle way has already revealed his admiration for the forward and after hearing Moyes’ recent words said that the national team would be affected if Rooney was to play mere backup to van Persie next season ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Rooney has been few a number of ups and downs over the past few years at United but feels that he should have nothing to prove after nine years at Old Trafford. He’s scored 197 goals in 400 games for the club and has broken the 30-plus goal mark twice (2009-10/2011-12). His current situation has left him ‘angry and confused’ but do you want to see him at Chelsea Football Club?