The Blues are not giving up hope on the England striker.
Chelsea have had a second bid – thought to be close to £30m – for Wayne Rooney turned down by Manchester United, according to the Sun.
The Blues have already had one offer of £24m rejected by the Premier League champions and this new proposal is still some way short of the £40m United desire.
Rooney has already made it known the striker wants to leave Old Trafford this summer, but the Red Devils are obviously reluctant to sell to a league rival.
However, returning manager at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho, has made it clear that the 27-year-old is the only target remaining on the club’s wish list and is prepared to take negotiations right to the wire on deadline day.
Whatever happens it’s unlikely United will let Rooney leave before the two sides have met on August 26, but Mourinho is ready to play the waiting game in order to get the best price for the England international.
There are likely to be several twists and turns in the negotiations over the forward as the English champions would rather see the attacker move abroad, whilst Rooney would prefer to stay in England.
By selling the Englishman to Chelsea though, United will be directly improving a league rival and would have to recruit strongly in order to not fall behind Mourinho’s men in the race for the title.
Unlike the Blues, the north west club have been quiet in the transfer market so far and to date have made just one new signing in the shape of Uruguayan youngster Guillermo Varela.