If Rooney fails to sign a new contract at Manchester United, Chelsea will make a £30 million bid for him, according to the Daily Mail.
United will meet Rooney’s representatives this month for initial discussions about a new deal, but there are doubts as to whether they can persuade him to sign if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League.
There is no guarantee that Manchester United will finish in the top four this season, and this has prompted speculation over the England star’s future.
Chelsea are front runners to try and sign the 28-year-old - as they did last summer when a move to Stamford Bridge looked likely, only to fall through.
Manager José Mourinho made Rooney his number one priority, which eventually meant that other Chelsea targets, such as Cavani, Falcao, Gotze and Neymar, all joined other clubs instead of the Blues.
The situation changed when David Moyes clearly stated that Rooney would not be leaving, and Chelsea's advances for the player fell through.
The Englishman responded by hitting top form, despite inconsistent team performances which have meant United currently reside in 7th in the Premier League and 11 points off leaders Arsenal.
The manager still envisages his star man playing a key future role, especially if and when he strengthens his squad this summer.
United executive chairman Ed Woodward is in contact with Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford to set up talks, with the pair expected to meet this month to talk about extending his deal, which is due to runs out at the end of next season.
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