The England star is ready to force a move to Chelsea according to the British press, which leaves the Premier League champions with a decision to make.
Reports in credible media sources indicate that the talented attacker is ready to tell United that he wants to leave the club, with his heart set on a move to Stamford Bridge.
United rejected a second offer, thought to be in the region of £30m, from the Blues earlier in the week, stating that the former Everton revelation would not be leaving Old Trafford.
However, should Rooney actually submit a transfer request, United will have to think long and hard about what to do.
At the moment the Red Devils have a lot of control in the situation, however with every day that passes they relinquish some of it. Rooney’s contract has two years to run, and if the champions decide to keep the player, even against his will, the £30 million that they have just rejected will not be on the table again next summer. Add to this the retention of a big name player that does not want to be there – it does not bode well for a club that never budges in the face of player power.
Added to the case of pure finances and getting the most for Rooney if he was to leave, if United opt to sell the striker this summer they can dictate to some degree where he ends up. Letting him move to Chelsea would not be a sensible option if the club have ambitions of retaining their Premier League crown next term.
The west Londoners are one top-class striker away from being potentially the finished article, and if United sell Rooney to them, they will be handing the title initiative to their rivals.
In the early days of David Moyes’ reign at Old Trafford, the sale of one of the club’s top players to a rival would represent a significant setback. Despite the fact that Rooney’s discontent is believed to stem around Sir Alex Ferguson, the new man has not assisted in the situation – claiming that Rooney would provide back-up to Robin van Persie this season earlier in the summer.
With Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Juventus and Barcelona all signing big-name forwards this summer already, potential destinations for Rooney abroad are thin on the ground. With Chelsea’s the only bid on the table and Rooney looking to leave, United are in a tough position.
The ideal scenario for the Premier League winners would be to have a fit and motivated Rooney raring to go and on board to help the club retain their champions status. Convincing him of this looks like a rather difficult proposition however.
If Moyes can convince the attacker to change his mind, and get Rooney pushing towards legendary status at Old Trafford, the Scottish boss’ tenure at the club could start successfully. If Rooney forces a move to Chelsea, United will lose footing in the title race and simultaneously strengthen their rivals.
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