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United reject Chelsea bid for Rooney

ESPN staff
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Chelsea have confirmed they have made a bid for Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, but denied reports that the offer was £10 million plus Juan Mata or David Luiz.

Rooney's future has been the subject of intense speculation since former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed the club had turned down a second transfer request in three years from the striker.

New Red Devils boss David Moyes has said the England international is not for sale, although his comments regarding whether the player is one of the first names on his team sheet have reportedly left Rooney "angry and confused".

Arsenal have been linked with the former Everton player, but Chelsea's approach, reported by the BBC and Daily Mail among others on Wednesday, is the first firm offer for his services, as Blues manager Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his attacking options.

The alleged inclusion of Mata or Luiz in the proposed deal came as a surprise, particularly as the Spain international scored 12 goals in 35 Premier League appearances last season, while the defender impressed during Brazil's recent Confederations Cup success.

Chelsea have now sought to clarify the terms of their offer, insisting that "the proposed purchase price does not include the transfer or loan of any players from Chelsea to Manchester United."

In a statement the club said: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm that yesterday it made a written offer to Manchester United for the transfer of Wayne Rooney.

"Although the terms of the offer are confidential, for avoidance of doubt and contrary to what is currently being briefed to the press in Sydney, the proposed purchase price does not include the transfer or loan of any players from Chelsea to Manchester United."

Mourinho is a long-term admirer of Rooney, who has also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain, and the Portuguese this week voiced his belief that England's World Cup hopes could suffer if the forward is not playing regularly during the 2013-14 season.

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