On Friday David Moyes defiantly told the assembled press that the striker was not for sale despite their continued questions as to whether Rooney wanted to be at Old Trafford. Despite his certainty that Rooney would stay, his claims did little to stop speculation that Barcelona were trying to reach some sort of agreement for the striker involving players and money.
It is believed that if Rooney does depart, a move abroad would be United’s preferred choice but will they be able to resist Chelsea’s £30m offer?
The Daily Mail believe Chelsea are ready to pay £30m for the striker as well as pay him £240k a week in a deal worth a huge £60m.
Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his admiration of Rooney, teasing after he was asked if Chelsea were interested in Rooney:
“I think he [Rooney] is at a fantastic age for a player: maturity, big experience, still young. It’s up to him and what he wants, what makes him happy. He’s a little bit like me: he doesn’t need one more pound in his contract. One more cup won’t make a different. Be happy. Where is he happy? Where will he find more happiness to have ambition and drive him? I like him as a boy. I wish him well and hope he is happy.”
With Rooney having just 2 years left on his deal an offer of £30m may be too good for United to pass up, especially with Nani’s situation in mind.