Chelsea F.C. boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed reports suggesting that the club have submitted a formal offer to Manchester United for wantaway England international forward Wayne Rooney, Sky Sports understands.
According to reports, Chelsea offered David Luiz or Juan Mata plus £10 million for Rooney, but Mourinho has insisted the Blues did not offer up any players in their official bid for the 27-year-old striker.
“Chelsea is interested in this player [Rooney], made a bid, and what we did, we did officially,” said Mourinho.
“The bid is there. The club knows we want the player, the player has to know we made a bid for him.
“Now we have nothing more to say. We want the player, we made the bid and now it is up to Man United and we respect their decision.
“We don’t want to make public the bid but it is just a certain amount of money and it doesn’t involve players or players in the possibility of negotiation. No Juan Mata, no David Luiz.”
Rooney, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2015, is not happy with his current situation at Manchester United following David Moyes’ comments regarding his future at Old Trafford.
Earlier this week, Moyes hinted that Rooney would play second fiddle to Robin van Persie next season, fueling the Blues’ bid for the England international.
“Overall, my thought on Wayne is that if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie we are going to need him and I want as many options as possible,” said Moyes.
Despite Rooney’s inconsistent form last term, he still managed to bag 16 goals and 13 assists in 37 appearances in all competitions for the English Premier League champions in 2012/13.
Now then, if Rooney were to leave United this summer, Adnan Januzaj, Javier Hernandez and Nick Powell would likely see many more opportunities under David Moyes next season.
Negredo nears Man City move
Manchester City are on the verge of signing Spain international striker Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla FC, according to ESPN FC.
Negredo, the subject of a €17 million from West Ham United earlier this summer, is expected to join City for a reported fee of €23 million later this week.
The Spain international, 27, scored 25 goals in 36 league appearances for Sevilla in 2012/13.
Negredo will replace Carlos Tevez, who joined Serie A champions Juventus in a deal worth up to £12 million earlier this month, at the Etihad Stadium.
“We are about to complete the sale of the player and, if everything goes ahead as expected, he will soon say goodbye to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan,” said Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido.
“Manchester City will buy a great player, the top Spanish goalscorer in La Liga. Sevilla is involved in a major transfer operation, the second largest in the club’s history after Dani Alves, and the player will sign the contract of his life.
“Everyone should be happy. It is a good piece of business for all three parties.”
Negredo joins Fernandinho and former team-mate Jesús Navas as the Citizens’ only signings this summer.