Following Chelsea’s 8-1 victory over BNI Indonesia All-Stars, Jose Mourinho told reporters that he is ‘calm’ when it comes to the club’s pursuit of Wayne Rooney as he is happy with his current squad.
The Portuguese manager had said that Rooney was the only target the club were chasing at the time the bid was made public by the Blues but despite the ‘Rooney or bust’ headlines it may not be as urgent as had been made out, either that or the club are playing things cool.
There’s also the possibility that Chelsea are confident of signing the Manchester United and England forward but were waiting on the Red Devils to land on of their major targets, like Cesc Fabregas, before making a second bid for Rooney which was the angle a number of news outlets went with, including the Daily Star.
When asked if there was any news of potential summer signings, Mourinho told the press the following:
“No, at this moment we have made [in terms of offers] what you know. That bid which was public and official and after that nothing else. But we are calm as we told you that we are calm because we are happy with what we have.”
The expectation is that a second bid will eventually be made to Manchester United but it wouldn’t suit Chelsea to have the matter drag on as they already have Romelu Lukaku, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, and it’s doubtful Mourinho will be happy with four forwards clogging up the books as they compete for the one place. Rooney probably has enough versatility that he could work with one of the other three but Chelsea will want some time in order to move on either Ba or Torres, otherwise they’d have to wait until January.
Lukaku has enjoyed a good pre-season scoring in every one of the games during the US tour and if a new forward isn’t coming in then he represents the best long-term option and needs to be at least second choice. If Rooney does come in then one of the other two must go as they will only be taking time off, and potentially slowing the development, of our best young prospect in the centre forward position.