Chelsea boss ups the ante in transfer pursuit

Man Utd's Wayne RooneyJose Mourinho has turned up the heat in Chelsea’s pursuit of Wayne Rooney, having pronounced the disillusioned forward his only transfer target.

After Chelsea rubbished claims that they had offered either Juan Mata or David Luiz, as well as £10million for the United star, the MailOnline reported that the London club lodged a bid of £22million for Rooney.

That was rejected however, and despite United’s persistent claims that they have no intention of letting Rooney go, Chelsea are supposedly preparing to return with an offer of £25million, plus £3million in add-ons.

Roman Abramovich may even be willing to shell out £30million for a player said to be ‘angry and confused’ at comments made by David Moyes suggesting that he would play second fiddle to Robin Van Persie.

In what is fast becoming the transfer saga of the summer, Chelsea have also accused United of mishandling their approach for Rooney.

A statement released from Stamford Bridge read: “Chelsea FC can confirm that yesterday it made a written offer to Manchester United for the transfer of Wayne Rooney.

“Although the terms of the offer are confidential, for avoidance of doubt and contrary to what is apparently being briefed to the Press in Sydney, the proposed purchase price does not include the transfer or loan of any players from Chelsea to Manchester United.”

Any doubts about how much Mourinho would like to add Rooney to his squad were firmly dispelled yesterday.

Asked whether it was Rooney or bust, he simply replied: “Yes.”

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