As Manchester United prepare to face Chelsea this evening, the rumours continue about Wayne Rooney’s future.
The Mirror reports that despite offering Samuel Eto’o a one-year deal it will not be at the expense of the England striker. The story also claims that if Jose Mourinho fails to sign Rooney this summer, he will make fresh offers in January and, if required, next summer.
It appears Rooney is seen as very much the final piece of the jigsaw by the Chelsea boss. But David Moyes will surely be aware of that and is unlikely to sanction a move while the decision remains with him.
Although quotes from Mourinho in the Guardian today suggest he believes United have only themselves to blame for Rooney’s apparent unease.
When asked if he expected a frosty reception from the Old Trafford faithful tonight, the Portuguese said, “They are against me? But I didn’t say (to Rooney) you will be a second-choice for me. And they are against me?”
The implication that Moyes’s comments about Rooney playing second-fiddle to Robin van Persie are to blame for the situation was clear.
And as if to make it clearer, when asked if the new United boss should take the blame, Mourinho said, “Of course.”
One thing is for sure: tonight is going to be quite the match – both on the field and off it.
And finally, the Mirror claims that if Moyes is unsuccessful in a £35million double-bid for Everton’s Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, he will focus his efforts on just signing the Belgian midfielder.
The report states that Moyes believes Everton are more willing to sell Fellaini than Baines because they are more likely to sign a midfield replacement in what remains of the transfer window.
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