Chelsea”s confidence in signing Wayne Rooney is so high that returning manager Jose Mourinho has told owner Roman Abramovich that he can sell Fernando Torres or Demba Ba if a deal is agreed.
The Londoners have made signing Rooney their number one priority for the summer after failing in bids to bring Edison Cavani, Radamel Falcao and Hulk to Stamford Bridge as Mourinho attempts to bring in a top level centre-forward for his first season back in England.
New United boss David Moyes has stated that Rooney is not for sale but Chelsea officials are treating the situation in the same manner Sir Alex Ferguson did with Robin van Persie at Arsenal last year by pulling out all the stops to secure a player they feel is perfect for the club and rarely becomes available.
Chelsea are already known to be willing to match Rooney”s £240,000 a week contract and the removal of Torres or Ba from the squad should he sign will guarantee he starts the season as their number one striker, a role he is frustrated at having lost at United.
Moyes is keen to keep Rooney at the Premier League champions but will not stand in his way should he decide to move on and club officials are concerned at his commitment to United at a stage when they would ordinarily be looking to tie him down to a long term deal.
At 27 and with casino online two years left in his contract Rooney is in a strong position to negotiate for even better terms or push for a move without the club pricing him out of the market.
Rooney”s camp have privately denied that Ferguson”s claim that the former manager rejected a transfer request from him at the end of last season but the club are still considering the best way to proceed with his contract.
If he does end up at Chelsea, it will be only one of Torres or Ba who moves on as Mourinho has said that he does not want Romelu Lukaku sold, nor will he accept the departure of Juan Mata or David Luiz from the club – both of whom have been linked with moves away this summer.
Rooney is part of United;s touring squad who set off for Thailand earlier this week and early accounts are that he appears happy in training and at the club but a significant bid from Chelsea, above the £20million mark, and a guarantee that he will play in his preferred position could see him depart Old Trafford after almost nine years at the club.