That’s not what Chelsea will want to hear this morning because to put it simply, that’s an option that Manchester United are always going to take before selling to another team in England.
Chelsea’s interest and pursuit of Rooney has been quite public, with the West London club having already seen two bids knocked back by the Premier League champions despite the impressive amount of the cash involved.
Regardless of what David Moyes can do or say, Rooney seems intent on a move away from Old Trafford, apparently not seeing a way back into the good books of fans and officials at the club, disgruntled by the way he has behaved.
Chelsea could well go back to United with another offer but even if it’s £40 million, they will more than likely reject it.
United will not sell one of their best players to another side that can hurt them in the title race and their pursuit of other silverware in the coming season.
That’s the way it always was under Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes has shown the same sort of tendencies throughout his managerial career, as the Joleon Lescott to Manchester City affair showed at Everton, with the fuss he made over that deal.
There have been some lingering links suggesting Rooney as a potential target for the big Spanish sides like Barcelona and Real Madrid but considering the quality of either squad, Rooney is unlikely to enjoy the same sort of status he’s previously enjoyed in English football.
There were also a few suggestions that he could go and sign for Bayern Munich earlier in the summer, another club that could afford the deal, with Bayern fans reportedly urging the club to go after Rooney because of his typical English qualities such as his drive, will and passion.
United have been just as public in showing their hand as Chelsea have been in trying to sign Rooney.
It’s clearly not a case of cash because if that was the main motive behind selling Rooney, United would have snapped up the £30 million offer.
It’s all about the fact Chelsea could really hurt United heading into the new season. United may still genuinely believe that they can keep Rooney and convince him to turn his form around in a red shirt.
However, as that becomes more and more unlikely, United will start listening to other offers because several top clubs will want a player like Rooney and if he does have a real willingness to move abroad to get away from United, that’s the option his current club will consider.
What do you think? Can Chelsea still do a deal for Rooney? Will United only sell him abroad?
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