There are contrasting reports this morning about the future of Chelsea target Wayne Rooney.
The Mail on Sunday claims the Manchester United striker will be the subject of a £40million bid from the Blues imminently, with Jose Mourinho promising Rooney he will be the club’s number one striker next season.
Given David Moyes’ comments about a pecking-order at Old Trafford, it would be no surprise if Rooney saw the promise of being a team’s spearhead as reason enough to move; especially in a World Cup year.
The Mirror take things a step further, declaring that Rooney will hand in a transfer request next week, with Stamford Bridge his preferred destination.
However any reports linking him with Chelsea must be tempered with the fact that Moyes is unlikely to sanction a move to a Premier League rival – and certainly not one who look more than capable of domestic dominance next season.
Adding Rooney to Mourinho’s team would provide them with an instant and considerable advantage in the fight for the title.
Of course, you could always believe the Daily Star Sunday, who claim all these rumours about Rooney’s future are getting to him and he has no intention of leaving.
With the player set to appear in front of the fans for the first time next week, his future may soon be a lot clearer.
From possible incomings to potential outgoings: with reports in Spain continuing to link David Luiz with a move to Barcelona.
It is no secret the La Liga champions are in need of a new centre-back, and having missed out on PSG’s Thiago Silva, his Brazilian teammate is now high on their wanted list.
So high in fact, that Mundo Deportivo claims that considerable progress has been made in preparation for the move, and that Barcelona officials have been talking with both the player’s representatives and Chelsea in recent days.
The report goes on to say that Barcelona are considering both the Chelsea player and Liverpool’s Daniel Agger, and that talks between the clubs have “developed parallel” in recent hours.
The Spanish side’s interest in Agger is said to have prompted Luiz to reveal he would take a pay cut in order to move to the Nou Camp.
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