Manchester United will not sell Wayne Rooney - even if he hands in a formal transfer request, The Mirror reports.
United are adamant they will not sell as they brace themselves for a written transfer request from their unhappy striker. Rooney is ‘angry and confused’ at the perception he is now an understudy to Robin van Persie.
Talks between United and Chelsea ended with an agreement that no one from either side would publicly discuss the Blues’ pursuit of the striker.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho also agreed to not name-check Rooney. But Chelsea are still poised to make a second offer of around £24m after their original bid for £20 million was rejected.
The London Evening Standard reports that Chelsea are prepared to make Wayne Rooney their highest-paid player — and risk unsettling their other first-team stars — in order to lure the striker to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues remain confident that they will succeed in their attempts to sign the Manchester United frontman.
Chelsea are ready to smash their wage structure and offer the 27-year-old a five-year contract worth in excess of £200,000 a week.
The club’s top earners are believed to be Fernando Torres and captain John Terry on £175,000 a week, with senior stars Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Petr Cech, plus Eden Hazard and David Luiz, also receiving a six-figure weekly sum.