United leave City and Chelsea to bid for £25m target

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Manchester United have cooled interest in Jack Rodwell, with Manchester City and Chelsea now favourites to land the star, according to reports.

The News of the World is claiming that Rodwell had agreed to a deal with Manchester United in principal worth £25 million in January. But the midfielder hasn’t displayed the best form since the start of the year, leaving United unsure if Rodwell is worth the money.


Chelsea has also been linked to Rodwell on a few occasions this season, with the England Under-21 international impressing Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Rodwell is reportedly high on Abramovich’s transfer wish list along with Sergio Aguero, Neymar, Romelu Lukaku and Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder.

Manchester City, meanwhile, are also interested in Rodwell, as Roberto Mancini looks to build a trophy winning squad next season. City will have the upper hand if a bidding war ensues, after the rich side kept quite in the summer period while Chelsea spent in excess of £50 million.

With both sides mindful of the new fair play rules coming into force, Manchester City are reportedly seeing this summer as their last chance to make some big purchases.

Manchester United were thought to be front runners for Rodwell’s signature, but now that they are not so interested in the star, both City and Chelsea will have their chance to put forward bids.

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