Wayne Rooney is close to putting in a transfer request after United rejected Chelsea’s second bid.
Yesterday, after Manchester united rejected Chelsea’s second bid for Rooney, believed to be in the region of £25m plus £5m add-ons, the player is considering handing in an official transfer request.
“A bid was received yesterday and immediately rejected. Our position remains that he is not for sale“, read the statement issued by Manchester United.
In the immediate aftermath, Wayne Rooney was withdrawn from the squad to face AIK in Stockholm on Tuesday, and David Moyes said, “Wayne hurt his shoulder in a fall during a match on Saturday. It’s not too serious and I don’t expect it to keep him out for too long. I’m disappointed he’s missing the game because we were keen to get him back involved and ready to play.“
Chelsea have maintained their silence on this transfer saga.
THT Verdict: The transfer is still hanging in the balance. The facts remain the same. Wayne Rooney isn’t happy at United and wants to move. United would ideally want a motivated Rooney on their roster but if they have to sell, they will understandably do everything in their capacity to not let him move to their direct Premier League rival such as Chelsea. Chelsea are interested in the player and Jose Mourinho has gone on record to state that Rooney is his only target this summer. United have so far rejected two official bids from Chelsea.
Now, Chelsea value the player at £25m but may be willing to go upto £30m to secure his signature and not higher than that, considering the enormous wages that he’s bound to command upon the transfer, while Manchester United may have sold him to a foreign club for this value but are intent on pricing him out to prevent him from joining Chelsea. There appears to be a deadlock and only one person can resolve the tricky situation – Wayne Rooney himself. If he really wants to force a move, he can allow Chelsea to move closer to United’s asking price by taking a salary cut. At the same time, he can hand in a transfer request, thereby forgoing his bonus, and making the transfer seem more plausible that it presently is. On the other hand, if this is again about increasing his salary at United or about getting reassurances from the manager about his role next season, the sooner he sits down with the United hierarchy, the better it will be for everyone involved. Both the clubs have played their cards and there seems to be no solution to this deadlock in the immediate future, and it’s about time the player showed his hand.