Wayne Rooney could still be on his way out of Old Trafford despite manager David Moyes’ claims that the striker will be a Manchester United player next season.
That is according to reports in today’s papers which claim the England star is still keen for a move away and Chelsea is his most likely destination.
Moyes said Rooney isn’t for sale
Moyes said earlier this week that Rooney wasn’t for sale and would be a key player for United next season. The United boss said that previous issues between the pair had been resolved and praised the striker’s professionalism.
Moyes had hoped to be able to convince Rooney of his importance to United during the club’s preseason tour. However the 27-year-old has picked up a hamstring injury and returned to England. It is likely that he will be out for up to a month.
Rooney is a priority for Chelsea
The Independent report that Chelsea have made Rooney a priority and will look to offload either Fernando Torres or Bemba Ba to make room in the squad.
The Daily Star say despite Moyes’ statement that he had met with Rooney ‘three or four times’, Chelsea had never given up hope of landing the player.
Chelsea is a realistic option
Arsenal had also shown an interest but Chelsea are Rooney’s preferred club and he can realistically expect them to be able to match his £240k per week wages.
Rooney is valued at £25m, similar to the price Robin van Persie joined United from Arsenal last summer. If Rooney was to join Chelsea he could have a new lease of life and go on to have the same impact that RVP had at Old Trafford and help his new club regain the title.