The forward will meet with Woodward to discuss a new deal.
Chelsea could be left stranded in their pursuit of Wayne Rooney as the forward is set to meet with Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward to discuss a new contract, according to the Daily Mail.
Rooney has 18 months left on the England international’s current deal at Old Trafford and has so far been reluctant to start negotiations with the Premier League champions.
This has led to the Blues to rekindle their interest in the 28-year-old, after having two bids for the attacker rejected by United in the summer.
Manager Jose Mourinho is keen to bolster the attack at Stamford Bridge due to the inadequacies of current striking trio Demba Ba, Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres.
Signing Rooney would also help improve the west London club’s homegrown quota, with new regulations stating no more than 17 players in a squad can be a product of a foreign academy and be over 21-years-old.
The side had hoped that by selling Juan Mata to the Red Devils – a £37m transfer that’s expected to be completed in the coming days – it would help smooth the Englishman’s switch to the capital.
However, Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford has met with Woodward to discuss the striker’s future, as United desperately try and hold onto one of their best players.
Real Madrid have also shown interest in recent times, as head coach Carlo Ancelotti looks to strengthen a weakened attack at the Santiago Bernabeu after the sale of Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli.
In an ideal world for the English champions, Mata will arrive at the club and Rooney will sign a new deal before the January transfer window has shut.
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