Despite claiming that Wayne Rooney is the only player he wants this summer, could Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho be about to throw the towel in and give up on the Manchester United striker.
Last month Mourinho asserted that he wanted Rooney to join him at Stamford Bridge after coy attempts to woo the striker and declared that the 27 year old would be his only target. But two failed bids later things are looking bleak for the West London, despite Rooney clearly wanting away from Old Trafford.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has dug his heels in and refuses to negotiate with Chelsea, defiant of Rooney’s wishes and despite Rooney failing to appear for United all summer amidst fake injury claims it appears Moyes will get his way.
Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail wrote this morning:
‘Interesting shift in approach from Manchester United in the new era post Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill. Just been told, for example, that executives from Old Trafford were telling anyone who asked – and there were quite a few – in the posh seats at Wembley yesterday that Wayne Rooney would definitely not be sold to Chelsea.
”You expect United to say nothing on these things,’ said one source from the Wembley executive lounges. ‘But it was quite clear yesterday that they want everyone to hear their message. It looks like Rooney is going nowhere.”
And it appears United’s stance has forced Chelsea to look elsewhere, namely in the direction of former Mourinho player Samuel Eto’o.
The Cameroonian is available after Anzhi Makhachkala opted to sack newly appointed manager Rene Meulensteen and place the whole team up for transfer in an effort to slash their wage bill.
The Mirror report that Chelsea are open to the idea of signing the 3 time European Cup winner and he himself has issued a come and get me plea to his former manager:
“There is only one Jose Mourinho.
“I have played under a lot of great coaches – but there is no other character in the game like Jose.
“He is one of the best coaches in the world – and we had a lot of success together at Inter Milan. I would like to have the chance to play under him again – because it is never boring when Jose is around.”
So are Chelsea finally accepting the inevitable that they won’t be signing Rooney and looking elsewhere? Or will they remain resolute and continue their pursuit?
With the transfer window closing soon this is a game of chicken Mourinho won’t want to last too long as it will leave his team sans a striker, the position that he identified as an area to strengthen.
Lets just 4get about rooney please,we re ok this time we can win title with our corrent sqoud.rooney only wil not give us title.he shuld go moyes can go to hell with rooney.
chelsea should forget about Rooney and focus on tores and lukaku,with dis guys we can achieve dis season
when man u went for RVP arsenal sold him out why is man u finding it difficult to do so? what goes around comes around.
chelsea should forget about Rooney and focus on tores and lukaku,with dis guys we can achieve dis season.
sure sasheed.. we got andre schurle, torres and lukaku… we mst forget abt rooney and be ready for our premier league tittle race, but if rooney want to play for the blues he wll be more wllcme.. sky is blue, chelsea forever…..!
If Rooney is not permitted to leave, let buy Eto’o in time. Eto’o is good enough for us. Because is an experience striker. Remain Blues till death.
Its absurd, 4get rooney nd let’s move on nd buy eto.up blues
I think chelsea we dont have problem with up front, all we need is defensive midfielder. So Mourinho forget about Rooney and look for defensive midfielder.
If Rooney wants to come he wl,bt if we dnt get him then we should get eto as back up incase Lukaku,Torres n Ba decide nt to score goals.
We wl be ayt witout Rooney tho he would b a great asset.Eto is world class we could use hm.In Mourinho we trust.Blue for life