The English striker handed in a transfer request to the Premier League champions back in May and he has since become the subject of speculation with increasing intensity since new manager David Moyes took his stance on the subject in recent weeks.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho revealed last week that the club had made an official bid to bring Rooney to Stamford Bridge and stated that the 27-year-old is Chelsea’s only target at present.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have outlined their interest in Rooney as well as Liverpool striker Luis Suarez who has also implied that he would be open to a move to the Emirates.
Chelsea currently have within their ranks Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku who return from an impressive spell with West Brom on loan last term.
The Blues have brought in Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen and the 22-year-old German forward and or winger will undoubtedly bolster their attacking arsenal for the coming season.
However, if Chelsea really want to make a statement of intent comparable to, for example, Manchester City’s £90 million spending spree, perhaps they ought to consider targeting Suarez and Rooney – now that would be a tantalizing prospect and would certainly make the Blues undoubted favourites for the title next term.
Rooney alone, if he does sign for Chelsea, would certainly improve their chances of trophies, titles and glory but Rooney was not the Golden Boot winner last term – Robin van Persie was and Luis Suarez was a close second behind him.
Considering that Suarez is ‘open’ to a move to London (with Arsenal), as he has admitted in recent weeks, surely Chelsea, the Europa League winners and former Champions League winners, would be a more enticing option for the Uruguayan?
Imagine a starting line up that consisted of Luis Suarez up front with Wayne Rooney behind him in a deeper role, Juan Mata behind him, Andre Schurrle and Eden Hazard flanking them?
That is the kind of line-up that I can imagine winning the title next term – considering that City will have Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic, Sergio Aguero, and Edin Dzeko to choose from up front, Chelsea are going to need more than just Wayne Rooney.
Do you agree? Is Rooney the game-changer Chelsea need that he is being made out to be?