Chelsea are reportedly planning a renewed attempt to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United in the summer.

Rooney: Mourinho's Primary Transfer Target

Rooney: Mourinho’s Primary Transfer Target

Manchester United are expected to complete a highly talked about move of Juan Mata this week and Chelsea are expected to make counter bid for the United superstar in summer.

According to various English newspapers including The Mirror and The Times, bosses at the Stamford Bridge club believe the England striker’s expiring contract will allow them to land him on the cheap.

Jose Mourinho’s team submitted two offers for Rooney last summer after being told that the 28-year-old wanted to move to Stamford Bridge, with the second believed to be around the €30.5m mark.

Rooney is likely to delay a decision over his future until after the World Cup finals in Brazil this summer, by which time he will have entered the final 12 months of his £250,000-a-week contract with United. United have insisted they will not sell the former Everton striker to another Premier League club but the Blues are said to doubt whether this stance will be practical come the summer.

Meanwhile, Thursday morning’s Spanish sports newspapers including Marca and El Mundo Deportivo have also published reports suggesting Real Madrid will make a bid for Rooney in the summer. The timing, with Juan Mata’s move to Manchester United close to completion, is not entirely coincidental. However, it is unlikely that Madrid will go for Rooney in the summer. Right now Rooney does not fit the ideas that define Madrid’s approach.

Rooney has not featured in the discussions between the two clubs over Juan Mata. Mata has agreed terms with United on a four-and-a-half-year, £150,000-per-week deal and is expected to complete a club-record £40million move from Chelsea. A medical is set to take place on Thursday. The former Valencia midfielder is said to have told United goalkeeper – and fellow Spaniard – David de Gea that he is moving to Old Trafford because he is worried his lack of playing time at Chelsea will put a serious doubt over his chances of being selected for his country’s World Cup squad.

United rejected two offers from Chelsea for Rooney last summer but have yet to offer him a new contract. Chelsea do not plan to reinvest the £40m on a striker between now and the window closing next Friday, but retain a strong interest in Rooney if he rejects United’s contract – as well as Monaco’s Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid.

Rooney has been one of United’s few shining lights in what has been a disastrous season but he is believed to be keen to seek a fresh challenge at an established Champions League club, where his status as the team’s principal centre-forward would be unquestioned. Reportedly, Rooney has provided no assurances to his employers and there is a sense among senior United officials that the forward’s agent Paul Stretford is using the uncertainty as leverage to engineer a transfer.

Rooney has not featured in the discussions between the two clubs over Juan Mata. Mata has agreed terms with United on a four-and-a-half-year, £150,000-per-week deal and is expected to complete a club-record £40million move from Chelsea.  A medical is set to take place on Thursday. The former Valencia midfielder is said to have told United goalkeeper – and fellow Spaniard – David de Gea that he is moving to Old Trafford because he is worried his lack of playing time at Chelsea will put a serious doubt over his chances of being selected for his country’s World Cup squad.

United rejected two offers from Chelsea for Rooney last summer but have yet to offer him a new contract. Chelsea do not plan to reinvest the £40m on a striker between now and the window closing next Friday, but retain a strong interest in Rooney if he rejects United’s contract – as well as Monaco’s Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid.

Rooney has been one of United’s few shining lights in what has been a disastrous season but he is believed to be keen to seek a fresh challenge at an established Champions League club, where his status as the team’s principal centre-forward would be unquestioned. Reportedly, Rooney has provided no assurances to his employers and there is a sense among senior United officials that the forward’s agent Paul Stretford is using the uncertainty as leverage to engineer a transfer.