Manchester United are currently away on their pre-season tour, but there are still doubts surrounding the future of Wayne Rooney following David Moyes' comments about the role the 27-year-old will play at Old Trafford this season.
Chelsea are trying to take advantage of the situation by making an official bid for the striker. Jose Mourinho has stated that Rooney is the only target for the Blues as they look to bolster their forward line.
Rooney was said to be "angry and confused" when he heard the statements from the recently-appointed United boss, but the Red Devils continue to insist that the England international is not for sale.
Moyes has stated that he will try to win all competitions the club are invloved in this year, which means he will need a very big squad with lots of quality.
Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck are the other strikers at Old Trafford with Van Persie the only other world-class striker at the club.
If Rooney were to leave, it would leave a large gap in the team - he is equally as competent playing as the main striker as he is in the hole.
Rooney is a world-class forward who is fourth on the list of top goalscorers for the Red Devils, and sits just 52 goals behind Sir Bobby Charlton in the scoring charts, which is no mean feat.
If Moyes wants to challenge for the Champions League, he must keep Rooney at the club.
Rooney is entering his peak years and if he hits top form as expected, then he can help Manchester United achieve great success in their new era under Moyes.
It's essential that both parties hold clear-the-air talks, put their differences aside and move forward - together. After all, players of Rooney's class do not come cheap and United would be mad to let this top talent slip away from them.
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