Chelsea set to battle with Arsenal for striker

United forward Wayne Rooney

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will take on Arsenal in the battle to sign Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney this summer, according to the Independent.

Rooney handed in a transfer request at Old Trafford towards the end of last season but then manager Sir Alex Ferguson ruled out the chances of him leaving the champions and new boss David Moyes is set to sit down with the former Everton striker this week to come to an agreement.

If a deal cannot be made between Rooney and Moyes, who have history of bad feeling from their times at Goodison Park, Chelsea and Arsenal will be at the front of the queue for his signature.

Mourinho wants two world class strikers to arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer as he looks to get Chelsea back in the title race and continue his fine record in West London.

Arsenal may not have the financial clout to beat off Chelsea but Arsene Wenger is still confident of getting his man should he become available.

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