How can Chelsea get an advantage in their quest to sign Rooney?

Reports this morning have suggested that Chelsea are preparing a third bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

Considering how reluctant United are to sell Rooney, Chelsea will need to come up with a very special offer in order to force United’s hand, getting them to agree to a deal which would see one of their best players go to a rival who could hurt them.

So far there has been no indication that players will be involved in the deal, with the Blues coming up with straight £25 million and £30 million bids for the player which have both been rejected.

If Chelsea are only prepared to offer cash then they need to put an offer to United, which is too good to refuse.

If you went out on the street and surveyed United fans, then very few would probably argue against the fact that a fee of £35-40 million for Rooney can’t be considered a good deal for the club.

Chelsea have the resources to make that sort of offer thanks to Roman Abramovich who has never been afraid in the past to pay big money to get a player as the £50 million paid for Fernando Torres demonstrates.

The problem Chelsea face with a cash only deal is the fact that United really don’t need the cash.

They are a huge club with commercial connections and deals all over the world, which they can simply renegotiate if they need to generate some extra funds, which means they are less vulnerable to straight up, big money offers.

Therefore, Chelsea may have to consider including a player in any deal or being a bit more flexible in the negotiation process.

When this news first broke, there was talk that Juan Mata or David Luiz would be included in the deal, which turned out to be complete fabrication.

However, the point is that if Chelsea put a good, fair, market value cash offer to United and cap that off with the inclusion of a player United desire or one or two of the club’s best young players, that could tip the balance in their favour.

David Moyes is not a manager who is going to knowingly make his side weaker without the chance to improve it in the same deal and a player plus cash offer is the sort of deal which could tick all of the boxes as far as Chelsea and United are concerned.

If, as the reports suggest, Chelsea are going to go with cash only then that offer has to be huge. If Mourinho really wants Rooney then he’d be well advised to urge the club to bid £40 million and get the deal done with so all parties can move on.

What do you think? Will United reject a £40 million bid?

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