Manchester United have rejected an offer for Wayne Rooney from Chelsea that would have seen their Premier League rivals pay £10m for the England international, with either Juan Mata or David Luiz moving to Old Trafford in return, according to the
United have said repeatedly that Rooney is not for sale this summer but the player is understood to be unhappy with his lot at the Premier League champions, particularly after manager David Moyes indicated he saw Rooney as only a back-up for last season’s top scorer Robin van Persie.
Moyes’ predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Rooney had put in a transfer request late last season but the Rooney camp denied doing so – however, following Moyes’ comments Rooney may make a formal request to leave the club, the newspaper claims.
Arsenal have also made an enquiry into the availability of Rooney, who is understood to feel he should not have to prove himself to Moyes after spending nine years at United. United are thought to prefer the option of selling Rooney to a club outside England, with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid among the suggested names, although the former have just wrapped up the signing of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.
Rooney would prefer the move to Chelsea, the Mail says, and Jose Mourinho hoped that offering either Brazil international Luiz or the club’s player of the year, Mata, would tempt United into agreeing to let Rooney move to Stamford Bridge. Mourinho has made Rooney his primary target after missing out on Cavani and Radamel Falcao, who joined Monaco.
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