Reports continue that Wayne Rooney will be a Chelsea player before the transfer window closes in September.
While Chelsea are set to make a second bid for the England striker this week – believed to be £24million – it is claimed the Blues are confident that an offer of around £30million will ultimately prove successful.
With United facing Jose Mourinho’s side in David Moyes’ first home league game as manager on August 26, it is being reported that any move for the England international will not be sanctioned before that date; while the potential signing of Cesc Fabregas continues to hold substantial importance in any Rooney sale.
Should the Barcelona man arrive at Old Trafford, it is believed United fans would be more far accepting of Rooney turning out for Chelsea next season.
If the Spaniard is to sign for the champions, they will have to be patient. Following the resignation of Tito Vilanova on Friday, the likelihood of the Catalan side selling Fabregas while manager-less is unlikely.
Any transfer business will take a back-seat while the appointment of a suitable successor is completed.
But with Moyes said to be increasingly confident a deal for the ex-Arsenal player can be struck, there is a suggestion he has been given encouragement from somewhere, and that Fabregas just might be the midfield solution United fans have been crying out for.
One former United legend returned to England yesterday – if only for the time it took to put AFC Bournemouth to the sword.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Real Madrid’s 6-0 win over the Championship side. But after the game new boss Carlo Ancelotti had his say on reports linking the Portuguese with a return to Old Trafford.
“I think Ronaldo is the most important player in the team,” the Italian said. “He is the player with the best quality. I think his future is with Real Madrid, there is no question about that. I don’t think (he will be allowed to leave).”
United fans desperate for a happy ending will cling to the fact Ancelotti used the word “think” twice. And that until there is absolute certainty, uncertainty remains.
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