It is being reported that Manchester United are in fact willing to sell Wayne Rooney to rivals Chelsea, but only in the event of them getting a replacement in first.
Manchester United have stood firm in the face of 2 bids from the London club, keen to not to repeat the mistake of Arsenal last season who sold Robin Van Persie to United and had to sit back and watch the Dutch man fire his new club to the title.
But with reports that Chelsea are preparing a new bid for the striker, said to be in the region of £28m, news that United may be willing to do business will provide encouragement.
The Daily Mirror believe that David Moyes’ frustrating ventures into the transfer market this summer have proved the main obstacle in any potential move for the striker, and had he been able to get one of his various targets in Rooney may have been allowed to leave.
But with no new faces through the door, letting Rooney go now would be suicidal.
David Maddock said:
“Moyes though, knows he can’t allow one of his biggest stars to leave before he has a marquee signing lined up to appease the fans and offer a serious declaration of intent.”
Maddock’s report directly contradicts the claims of The Guardian‘s Daniel Taylor who claimed just over a week ago that United wouldn’t sell the striker to Chelsea at any price as a show of defiance, as well as to send a message not only to Jose Mourinho but the rest of the league.
It is hard to believe that United would consider allowing Rooney to head to West London, especially after staunchly stating that Rooney isn’t for sale.
Pictures today of Rooney at a team bonding meal seemed to confirm reports that the striker had accepted that he would not be allowed to leave and reports claimed that he appeared happy and smiling, so for United to now suddenly change their stance is somewhat bizarre.