After Jose Mourinho publically announced his intention to bring Wayne Rooney to Chelsea, Arsenal have stepped up their interest in the want-away Manchester United striker, while pursuing other attacking targets, according to the Guardian.
Mourinho has said that Rooney is his only summer transfer target, and the Blues have already seen a bid of £20m rejected by United, who do not wish to sell the 27-year-old, despite his desire to leave after nine years at Old Trafford. The England international was said to be ‘angry and confused’ after United boss David Moyes implied that Rooney would play second fiddle to Robin van Persie in attack.
Arsenal have already signed Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre, and have been in negotiations with Real Madrid for Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, while they have also been linked with Luis Suarez. And manager Arsene Wenger is keeping his options open, claiming that the club can satisfy Rooney’s wage demands.
He said: “We have not the problem of the wages of Wayne Rooney but it’s very difficult for us to talk about any specific case. We work well but we are not close to sign anybody. The competition in Europe is very hard at the moment. There’s a lot of money and not many players.”
Wenger went on to discuss the situation concerning his former captain at Arsenal, Cesc Fabregas, who has been linked with a return to the Premier League. ‘F