Chelsea to wait on second Rooney bid

Chelsea are to delay making another offer for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney until after Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial, which takes place next week, with the Blues looking for a hostile reception for the 27-year-old – should he play a part, reports ESPN.

Chelsea are hoping that a negative reaction from the Old Trafford crowd would convince Rooney to make the move to West London, the Times newspaper said. The Europa League holders have already seen one bid rejected, and manager Jose Mourinho has publically stated that Rooney is his only remaining transfer target this summer.

After Rooney denied former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s claim that he had submitted a transfer request shortly before the end of last season – which saw him booed by some sections of the crowd during the final home game against Swansea – he was said to be ‘angry and confused’ after comments made by new manager David Moyes. Moyes appeared to suggest that Robin van Persie would be his first-choice striker for next season.

And with Chelsea set to bid up to £30m for Rooney the reception he may receive during next week’s match could have a large bearing on whether the England international does make the move to Stamford Bridge, while it might also overshadow the tribute to Ferdinand.

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