Wayne Rooney prepared to submit transfer request at Manchester United
Chelsea’s second bid rejected, striker to miss AIK friendly due to ‘shoulder injury’
A second bid of around €35m for Wayne Rooney has been turned down by Manchester United. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Rooney is increasingly thinking he will have to force the issue after United revealed they had turned down a second bid from Stamford Bridge – an initial €28.5 million (£25m) with another €5.8m (£5m) in potential add-ons – and categorically stated that the player would not get his wish. “He is not for sale,” a club spokesman said.
The Premier League champions insist their stance will not change, that it is not merely a bargaining technique and that Rooney now needs to buckle down and start preparing for a World Cup season.
That was followed, however, by Rooney pulling out of the pre-season fixture against AIK in Stockholm on Tuesday, the official explanation being that he has a shoulder injury. Rooney, who had already returned early from the club’s summer tour after citing a hamstring strain, has not played since the end of the season and is now a major doubt for England’s game against Scotland at Wembley on Wednesday week.
By then, there is a strong possibility he will have formalised his position at Old Trafford with an official transfer request. The England international, intrigued by the possibility of working for Jose Mourinho and disillusioned with life at Old Trafford, will cite long-standing and deep-rooted unhappiness because of his fractured relationship with Alex Ferguson and, if necessary, make it clear his stance has not altered because of the change of manager.
On the contrary, Rooney believes Ferguson will still play a considerable part in the David Moyes era. Rooney is nursing a grudge against the man who brought him to the club – other players have reported being shocked by the friction between the two last season – and the 27-year-old has made up his mind that he wants no part of it, regardless of the fact that he is well positioned, on 197 goals, to establish himself ahead of Bobby Charlton, with 247, as the leading scorer in United’s history.
That leaves Moyes in the invidious position of knowing that one of United’s category-A players does not want to be at Old Trafford and is not interested in any attempts to talk him around or the possibility of a testimonial in a year’s time. Chelsea are the only club to have bid for Rooney and United, far more minded to sell him to a foreign club, believe it would be a potentially critical blow in the title race if they allowed a player of his ability to join one of their major domestic rivals.