Chelsea want Wayne Rooney: Blues to launch £40m move for Manchester United captain

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Chelsea are ready to take advantage of Wayne Rooney’s uncertain situation at Manchester United with the Blues preparing a move for the long-term Stamford Bridge target as early as January.

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Chelsea failed with moves to bring in Rooney a number of years ago and is still very much a player owner Roman Abramovich is keen on.

The 30-year-old has become the subject of intense criticism of late and Jose Mourinho elected to drop the England international for their 4-1 win over Leicester City on Saturday and Rooney can expect to be benched a great deal in the coming weeks given the manner in which the side played without his involvement.

Chelsea are ready to offer as much as £40m for Rooney, a sum the club expects to more than recoup through merchandising and promotional ventures, and Manchester United may feel the time is right to consider such an offer.

Rooney earns over £300k a week and as such that level of salary for a player who doesn’t make it into Mourinho’s starting eleven may prove problematic.

Wayne Rooney has twice attempted to engineer an Old Trafford exit, putting in transfer requests in October 2010 and in the May 2013, only for Sir Alex Ferguson to manage to convince the attacker to remain at the club he joined back in 2004.

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Chelsea slumped to a second successive Premier League defeat this weekend as Antonio Conte’s side followed up a home defeat to Liverpool with a limp display against Arsenal on Saturday evening.

Conte’s side have lacked a cutting edge up front and Rooney may be seen as a signing that would show a real statement of intent and would offer the club further options in the final third.

Rooney has racked up 246 goals in 528 appearances for Manchester United.

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