Last summer, the Wayne Rooney to Chelsea transfer saga was the one that generated most of the headlines and most of the debate. And yet in the end, nothing came of it, with the striker starting the campaign in fine form for Manchester United – prior to his injury – and Chelsea having to make do with the front-men they had.
This transfer window has seen a reversal of the United and Chelsea transfer dance, with Juan Mata linked more heavily than ever with a switch to Old Trafford for a reported £37million.
In the midst of these headlines, Goal has published an exclusive in which they claim Chelsea made a fresh bid for Rooney this month – only to be rebuffed once more by David Moyes.
The report states that Chelsea were willing to pay £30million for the England striker this month – following two failed attempts to secure his services last summer. But just as then, the reigning champions reportedly rejected the offer out of hand.
So what does that all mean in United’s apparent pursuit of Mata? Can they really expect Chelsea to do business with them if they refuse to do business in return?
Will Chelsea really send one of their most talented players to Old Trafford – even if he cannot get a game for them – and strengthen one of the clubs competing with them for a top-four place. And yes, United would be challenging again if Mata arrived for the second half of the season – perhaps not for the title, but certainly for a Champions League place.
With United seemingly adamant they will not sell Rooney to a domestic rival, it is becoming increasingly likely that if a new contract is not signed, he will be sold abroad. And with Atletico Madrid said to be interested in Mata, surely the same applies for Chelsea.
If they must part with him, would they not do so without penalising themselves in the process.
Perhaps Mata will arrive by the close of business on the final day of January. But if United have rebuffed another bid for their star-man, what chance do they really have of getting Chelsea to say yes in regards to the Spaniard?
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