Chelsea confirm Rooney bid, but deny offering Mata or Luiz to Man United

Chelsea have confirmed reports that they made an official approach for Man United striker Wayne Rooney yesterday, but have vehemently denied offering any player in exchange, reports The Independent.

Earlier reports suggested that the Blues would offer Juan Mata or David Luiz plus cash to lure their top transfer target away from Old Trafford this summer, but Chelsea are furious at such stories emerging in what they believe is “a United briefing designed to undermine their relationship with their own players.”

Chelsea released an official statement reading: “Chelsea can confirm that yesterday it made a written offer to Manchester United for the transfer of Wayne Rooney. Although the terms of the offer are confidential, for the avoidance of doubt and contrary to what is apparently being briefed to press in Sydney, the proposed purchase price does not include the transfer or loan of any player from Chelsea to Manchester United.” United are thought to have rejected the bid out of hand.

Chelsea’s timing in making the move could yet prove beneficial to the Londoners, however, with Rooney stating that he is “angry and confused” following comments from new manager David Moyes that Rooney could be below Robin van Persie in the United pecking order.

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