Date: 5th January 2014 at 5:00pm
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Hazard-Rooney

There is serious doubt over Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United as it is unlikely that he will put pen to paper before they qualify for next years Champions League and they aren’t looking in great shape at the moment, so it is of no surprise that the rumours linking him with Chelsea are flaring up again.

The transfer window is a tedious affair for most – especially the winter on as it doesn’t represent the best time to get value for money – and like any form of speculation this one is going to be met with plenty of doubt but that does not mean that Jose Mourinho won’t test United’s resolve.

According to the Daily Mail, the Blues are poised to offer the Old Trafford club £30 million for Rooney this month and will hope that United will accept bearing in mind the player’s value will decrease as the 18 months he has remaining on his deal winds down. Even if they were to reject such an offer the problem is not going to go away for long.

Finishing in the top four is everything when it comes to contract talks between player and club. Although you cannot write United off making it, it looks as though the current top three are a safe bet whilst Liverpool have been a lot more consistent than David Moyes’ side have been and don’t have the distraction of European football this season.

I think £30 million is a lot of money for a player in Rooney’s situation but that is the premium if Mourinho really does want him at Chelsea and as Manchester United would prefer not to sell to another Premier League club the Blues may have to go even higher than that or wait it out.

Only time will tell if Chelsea have a big move in them this winter but should they dip into the market either a forward or midfielder has to be their priority.

Source: Daily Mail