Mourinho to offer £35 million for Rooney

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Chelsea are to launch a third bid for Wayne Rooney in January for a reported £35 million in the January transfer window according to the Metro.

No-one can deny Wayne Rooney has been Manchester United's best player this season. With two offers from Chelsea for the United forward rejected by the club in the summer coming off a somewhat disappointing season, Rooney's price tag may have just risen after a string of impressive performances.

With only 18 months left on his contract, United are keen to tie him down to a long-term contract before he enters the last 12 months. This would leave Rooney with more power to negotiate his terms as United would be understandably reluctant to let him go for free.

The United striker has recently come out after the Real Sociedad game to confirm his happiness under David Moyes. saying: "The new coach that has come in has given me a new lease of life, I'm really enjoy working under David Moyes."

"We are working to be successful as a team. We have a lot of players who are hungry. Results haven't been what we want, but we're working to put that right."

However, Mourinho is keen to test United's resolve with Rooney. It may seem as a bit of a shock to many fans, especially with Fernando Torres' performance against Manchester City, but Mourinho seems to be desperate to add another world-class striker to his squad.

The only other bit of speculation that may fuel this story further is the Metro's other story that United are keeping tabs on Gareth Bale after a stuttering start to his Real Madrid career. If they are to offer £85 million they could use the Rooney deal to fund the move, although they may not need to, especially with a new Nike sponsorship deal on the table worth around £300 million.

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