Mourinho confirms third Rooney bid - but after United clash

The Chelsea boss has said that the Blues will make another offer for the England international – after the teams meet on Monday.

Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is still in the market for a new striker signing, with Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney the preferred choice. Chelsea have had two bids for the Red Devils’ man turned down already this summer, as the forward’s future hangs in the balance.

Speaking after Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Wednesday night, Mourinho has confirmed that he will return to try and tempt Rooney to Stamford Bridge, but not until Chelsea and United play each other on Monday.

"I don't want Chelsea to do it before we go there," he said.

"Everybody in the club, in the board, they agree with me. They share that opinion.

"I think this period, by the ethical point of view, is a period where we're going to be quiet."

With United reluctant to sell their star forward, Chelsea may well have to look at other targets if the third offer is turned away. However, Mourinho has stated that there are other options in play.

"We trust a lot in our project for the future because the team is very, very young," he admitted.

“But we have conditions to try and improve our team by bringing in one more player and we are going to try that until the end.

"When you think that you'd like to have one player and the market is open, then official bids are not forbidden. Official bids are always accepted in an ethical way.

"You try because nobody forbids you to try and, of course, the player's owners can do exactly what we did in relation to David Luiz and Barcelona.

"We have a plan B and a plan C! Don't ask me names, because it's difficult to speak about players from other clubs."

The current striking situation at Chelsea is unclear, with Fernando Torres starting the opening game of the season and Demba Ba the second, with Romelu Lukaku coming off the bench in both.

Whether Mourinho actually believes that he can sign Rooney remains to be seen. With Chelsea travelling to Old Trafford on Monday, the Portuguese trainer’s latest comments may well have been made with the intention of throwing a spanner in the works and an attempt to ruffle a few feathers ahead of the teams meeting.

United are obviously not eager to sell Rooney, and as such a switch to Chelsea seems highly unlikely. The only way in which it might happen is if the player was to request a move, but despite sultry body language of late, it looks like Rooney will be staying at Old Trafford.

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