The idea of Wayne Rooney transferring to Chelsea just days before a big clash against Manchester United is exciting — but not realistic. United have turned down two offers from Chelsea for the 27-year-old forward, and Chelsea is now preparing what is to be their final offer.
With the two clubs preparing for their first meeting against each other August 26, a changing of the kit for Rooney before then has been ruled out by Chelsea manager José Mourinho. The third offer will be tabled until after the match and is expected to be around £40 million, with weekly wages of £300,000 over the course of four years.
Chelsea have started strong early in league play, beating Premier League newcomers Hull City 2-0 to open the season at Stamford Bridge in Mourinho’s return. Days later, the Blues edged a resilient Aston Villa squad 2-1 who were coming off an impressive victory against Arsenal to begin the season. Chelsea escaped Villa with an own-goal and a questionable non-red-card booking on Branislav Ivanović that allowed the Serbian defender to score the winning goal moments later.
Chelsea may be the first club to win two matches this season, but they’ve gotten past two weaker squads narrowly and have done so with a less-than-impressive offensive attack. Help is needed on the frontline and Rooney would be a perfect fit. Chelsea is expected to make a run at the league title this season and are adamant about bringing in an offensive leader, regardless of whether it’s Rooney. Other possibilities are Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski, who was blocked from a transfer to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich earlier in the summer. A similar transfer fee would be needed to pry Lewandowski from Dortmund, but they’d be more likely to approve of the deal to Chelsea than to Bayern. Lewandowski’s willingness to move out of the Bundesliga would be the only hurdle.
Another possibility is Samuel Eto’o of Anzhi Makhachkala. Eto’o played under Mourinho with Inter Milan in 2010 and would welcome the chance to once again play under the Special One (as Mourinho has dubbed himself).
With the transfer window closing September 2, Chelsea won’t unveil any possible new frontline moves until a September 14 match against Everton. While that deflates excitement even more for Chelsea fans, it could be time well spent getting whoever it is they land into the fold and a few practices under their belt. The Special One might very well be on his way to leading this club to a special season.