Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho revealed that the chase for Wayne Rooney is still on for the Blues this summer, admitting that although Manchester United may not be keen on selling Rooney Chelsea can still put in official bids for him. Mourinho refused to specifically mention names as he answered questions from reporters but said that Chelsea are keen on adding another player and will continue to pursue options until the end of the transfer window.
After already having two bids rejected for Rooney, it is widely known that Mourinho is looking at bringing in the player and could be lining up a third and improved bid over his previous £25 million offer, as his comments suggest when he was asked specifically about Rooney.
“We trust a lot in our project for the future because the team is very, very young. But we have conditions to try and improve our team by bringing in one more player and we are going to try that until the end,” Mourinho said, acording to Sky Sports.
“When you think that you’d like to have one player and the market is open, then official bids are not forbidden. Official bids are always accepted in an ethical way.
“You try because nobody forbids you to try and, of course, the player’s owners can do exactly what we did in relation to David Luiz and Barcelona.”
Mourinho is referring to reports of Barcelona lining up bids for Chelsea defender David Luiz. The Portuguese boss came out last week to state that David Luiz is an important player for Chelsea and they will not be selling him at any price.
Mourinho also took time to talk about the duration of the summer transfer window and how it extends into the season, a notion that has caused some managers to voice their opinion on shortening the window to end before the first matches of the year. Although Mourinho does agree the window goes too long, he has no hesitation in making deals up until the last minute on transfer deadline day.
“Nothing has changed and, at a certain point, I agree with what Alan Pardew (Newcastle boss) was saying, that the transfer window goes too far,” Mourinho said, acordding to Sky Sports.
“It goes to the third, fourth fixture of the season, which I agree is too much. But, at the same time, it gives everyone a chance to be in the market, while we are winning or losing points, and we will be until the last day.”