The Blues enter the race for England international.
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has been subject to plenty of interest recently and Chelsea are set to be the next club to make a bid for the Englishman, reports the Telegraph.
Just 48 hours after Arsenal put in a £20m offer for Rooney the Blues are lining up a matching bid as the two London clubs look to capitalise on the striker’s uncertainty.
United do not want to sell the 27-year-old to another English club though, with Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco also keeping tabs on the England international.
However, if Rooney does make it clear to new manager David Moyes that he definitely wants to leave and the Gunners and Chelsea are the only clubs to make bids, the Red Devils’ hand may be forced.
Moyes has made ‘clear the air’ talks with the forward one of his top priorities since taking over officially as United boss on Monday and the future of Rooney should be known in the very near future.
With just two years remaining on the striker’s contract at Old Trafford the club need to either cash-in on one of their top earners soon or offer him a new deal.
Yet as previous manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Rooney had put in a transfer request at the end of last season, it looks like the former is more likely and the Englishman is thought to be keen on linking up with Jose Mourinho.
Rooney is a keen admirer of returning Chelsea boss Mourinho and it’s therefore believed that the Portuguese would swing any potential transfer in the Blues’ favour – ahead of Arsenal.