While David Moyes has continually stressed the England forward is not for sale, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who saw an initial bid of around £20 million turned down last month, begs to differ as many of Stamford Bridge believe that it is a matter of when not if, Rooney signs for Chelsea.
Rooney is expected to be named in the United squad to face AIK in Stockholm on Tuesday night with Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial against Seville next up on Friday and the PR people have been out for days now, saying that if United fans boo Rooney he will leave.
At this point, many United fans don’t care if Wayne Rooney leaves or not> I expected him to get a very mixed reception at Old Trafford for Rio’s testimonial next week.
The only way for Rooney to force through a move to Chelsea is to hand in a transfer request, which he is reluctant to do, because of the money he will lose on his existing contract, but he will have to do to force United’s hand.
The sticky part in this is that David Moyes’s first home game in charge is against Chelsea on Monday August 25. United will not want that event overshadowed by the sight of Wayne Rooney in a Chelsea shirt. So expect this transfer saga to drag on until after that game.