The Blues have not given up hope of signing Rooney.
After two failed transfer bids last summer, Chelsea are set to make another move for Manchester United star Wayne Rooney in 2014, reports the Telegraph.
The Blues made two offers for the England international – with the most expensive being £24m – after former Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed the player had submitted a transfer request at the end of last season.
However, new boss David Moyes managed to convince Rooney to stay at Old Trafford and since then the forward has been in great form, with 11 goals and 19 assists in 24 appearances in all competitions.
Yet with the 28-year-old’s contract expiring this summer Jose Mourinho is ready to make another move for the Englishman.
After the west London club were stung with the new Financial Fair Play ruling from FIFA, they are looking to bring in cheaper options.
Although in usual circumstances Rooney wouldn’t be included in that bracket, Chelsea will have a great platform to negotiate from when the attacker enters the final 12 months of his current deal.
United performed a similar tactic when bringing Robin Van Persie to the Theatre of Dreams from Arsenal back in 2012, so are fully aware of how the system works.
Even if the Premier League champions once again refuse to sell Rooney, the player has the option of buying himself out of the final year of the contract.
Although this could potentially be a costly move – with the striker earning around £250,000 a week – the Blues are sure to match that salary and offer a large signing on fee.
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