Reports this morning suggest that Wayne Rooney favours a move to Chelsea if he leaves Manchester United this summer. The England striker’s future has been uncertain since Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he had asked for a move at the end of last season. Rooney denies those claims, and it is said that his future at Old Trafford hinges on whether or not David Moyes is willing to refute Ferguson’s statement.
Should no resolution be found, Rooney is said to favour a move to Chelsea over Arsenal.
Jose Mourinho is believed to be aware of the situation but it is unclear whether the Portuguese would move for Rooney were he available. Cryptic comments during his first press conference were interpreted in different ways by observers, but there is little doubt Rooney would improve the Blues should he ultimately arrive.
One player whose arrival does appear imminent is Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel. The player has long been followed by Chelsea, and it is now being reported that a deal has been agreed. It is believed that a fee of £7.2million will see the 20-year-old move to Stamford Bridge this summer, joining a midfield already packed full of talent.
Reports last night suggested that Manchester City had balked at paying Edinson Cavani’s release clause of €63million. The Uruguayan is also believed to be a target for Chelsea, and stories last week suggested the Blues would open negotiations with the player imminently.
Although Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has confirmed that he has “never received a call” from Chelsea about the player, and that only Real Madrid have so far made a firm offer.
And finally, Chelsea are believed to be readying a £10million deal for St Etienne defender Kurt Zouma.
The 18-year-old has been linked with a host of clubs across Europe, and Chelsea are believed to see him as a cheaper but just as exciting prospect as their other long-term defensive target, FC Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala.
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