How would Wayne Rooney fit in at Chelsea?

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The Manchester United striker might leave the club this summer rather than renew his frosty relations with David Moyes, with Chelsea reportedly keen to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

With new managers in place at Chelsea and Manchester United, and perhaps at Manchester City too if Roberto Mancini is viewed as culpable for Manchester City's poor season, it is going to be an exciting summer of transfer business for the top clubs in the Premier League.

What is usually unlikely is that players will move between those sides, but this year Wayne Rooney could be one of the most high profile transfer stories of the summer if Chelsea bring him to London from Manchester United.

There has been speculation over his future all season, and the news that David Moyes will be in charge at Old Trafford next year is likely to hasten any exit plans he might have had.

If Chelsea are serious in their intent to sign Rooney, it is interesting to consider how they might plan to use the England striker in their side.

With any new manager unlikely to change their current 4-2-3-1 system greatly, as to do so would lessen the influence of Juan Mata and Eden Hazard in their attacking midfield, there is only going to be one striker spot available at the Blues.

Rooney would likely take that spot ahead of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, but if Chelsea land another major target like Radamel Falcao, Rooney will struggle to be assured starts as the spearhead of their attack.

The Manchester United player has shown his flexibility this season though, and it is easy to see him dropping into the band of three behind a striker alongside Hazard and Mata. Competition for places is fierce there too, with Oscar and Victor Moses likely to be joined by Andre Schurrle in fighting for a starting place, but with three spots to fill rotation will be easier.

What is clear however is that Rooney will be fighting for places just as much as he has been at United, and he is unlikely to be guaranteed a place either as a central striker or playing just behind in a number 10 role. Juan Mata rightly has the latter position sewn up at Stamford Bridge, and there will be several players competing for the one out and out striker position next season.

Rooney's adaptability means that there will be several roles he can fulfil at Chelsea, but if he is looking for a stable role at a club, Stamford Bridge is unlikely to be the best destination for him.

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