Various reports suggest that Chelsea are interested in bringing Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney to Stamford Bridge.
Rooney has been linked with a move to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich after reportedly asking to leave Old Trafford as much as two weeks ago.
Since then manager Sir Alex Ferguson has announced his retirement with Rooney’s former boss at Everton David Moyes looking set to take over the role.
The pair were embroiled in a legal battle in 2006 for libel over extracts that cause serious offence in Rooney’s autobiography.
This isn’t the first time that the England striker has put in a transfer request – Rooney first asked to leave United in 2010 before he was handed a £250,000-a-week contract.
Rooney has reportedly told friends and family of his desires to leave, with Bayern appearing to be his preferred destination, but now the 27-year-old could be handed an escape route out of Manchester without leaving the country.
The Daily Mirror reports that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has personally sanctioned a £30 million bid for the striker and that contact has already been made between the club and Rooney’s representatives.
Despite all of the speculation, United have gone on record to say that Rooney, who made the move to Old Trafford in 2004, is “not for sale”.