CHELSEA are expected to table an increased offer for Wayne Rooney after Manchester United this week rebuffed their opening bid of £20million.
The 27-year-old forward was the subject of an unseemly war of words on Wednesday, as United first claimed Chelsea proposed a deal involving the move of Juan Mata or David Luiz, only for the Blues to deny the story.
As the day progressed, the two clubs seemed to glower at each other from their far-flung pre-season training camps – Chelsea in Bangkok, United in Sydney.
Then, speaking after Blues beat a Singha All-Stars side 1-0, Jose Mourinho said: “We want the player. Now it’s up to Manchester United.”
Asked if it was Rooney or bust, he said: “Yes. I think that this situation is clear – nothing is a secret any more.
“The official bid is just about a certain amount of money and doesn’t involve players. We made the bid and now we have nothing more to say.”
Chelsea usually maintain a club policy of never commenting on transfer targets.
Rooney, who earns £250,000 a week at Old Trafford, is likely to expect to be an automatic pick should he make the switch.