Chelsea have confirmed that they made a bid to Manchester United for striker Wayne Rooney, but have denied reports that David Luiz or Juan Mata were included as part of the offer.
Widespread reports this morning claimed Manchester United had turned down an offer worth around £10 million plus either Luiz or Mata.
However Chelsea have moved to clarify the rumours, confirming they did make a move for Rooney but refuting claims that either one of two of their key players were offered as makeweights while hinting the rumours were coming straight from the Red Devils.
"Although the terms of that offer are confidential, for the avoidance of doubt and contrary to what is apparently being briefed to the press in Sydney, the proposed purchase does not include the transfer or loan of any players from Chelsea to Manchester United."
The fact Chelsea have taken steps to reveal they made an offer for Rooney is just one intriguing factor in what is shaping up to be the transfer saga of the summer.
Last night it was reported the the 27-year-old, whose future was thrown into doubt after Sir Alex Ferguson revealed on the last day of the 2012/13 season that Rooney had handed in a transfer request, was 'angry and confused' about his position at Old Trafford.
That followed comments by United boss David Moyes who suggested Rooney, whose discontent can be traced back to the fact he was dropped for Man Utd's Champions League showdown against Real Madrid in April, would be used as back-up to Robin van Persie.
Despite that, the Scot remains adamant that Rooney is not for sale, although United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says there are no plans to discuss a new contract with the former Everton man.
"There are no contract renewals that are being discussed. I am not sitting down with any player on an extension and there is no trigger date in the diary," he said.
"Would we be afraid to run a contract down? Of course not."
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has spoken of his admiration for Rooney in recent weeks, while previous reports suggested the 'Special One' was willing to let Luiz and Mata leave the club as he looked to rebuild in his second spell in charge in west London.
Any move to let Mata or Luiz leave Stamford Bridge would be hugely unpopular with the club's fans. Mata has been voted Chelsea's best player for the last two seasons while Luiz has become a central figure since joining from Benfica in 2011.
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