The Red Devils are desperate to hold onto the England international.
In a bid to hold onto Chelsea target Wayne Rooney, Manchester United have sent a letter to the Blues asking them not to make another bid for the forward, according to the Mirror.
The west London club have already had two offers for the Englishman rejected by United, but returning manager Jose Mourinho still regards Rooney as the coach’s No.1 transfer target.
The 50-year-old was prepared to take the deal to the wire on September 2, but the Red Devils hope to put a halt to that and convince the Portuguese to look elsewhere.
United chief executive Ed Woodward has been busy writing letters this week as along with the one sent to Stamford Bridge, another also went to Everton to apologise for the way the Premier League champions conducted themselves in the pursuit of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
It’s Rooney that the club are concentrating on currently though, as Chelsea prepare an improved £40m for the 27-year-old – which will be offered after the clash between the two rivals on Monday.
New Red Devils boss David Moyes may be more open to selling the striker once the game against the Blues at Old Trafford has been and gone.
Moyes and Woodward both want to keep hold of the England international in an ideal world though, but if they do have to sell it would also be preferred that it wasn’t to a direct rival.
Either way, it’s not expected that this transfer saga will be ending any time soon.
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