Manchester United Transfer News: Red Devils Must Keep Wayne Rooney at All Costs

Stephen SmithContributor IIIAugust 21, 2013

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 17:  Wayne Rooney (R) of Manchester United runs at Nathan Dyer (L) of Swansea City as Chico Flores (C) looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Is Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney headed to the west side of London to play for Chelsea? That seems to be the burning question in the Big City these days.

The 27-year-old Liverpool, England, native is now in his 10th season with the Red Devils and has 141 league goals to his credit. It's no wonder that Blues boss Jose Mourinho is desperately trying to land the popular Rooney to Stamford Bridge.

To date, two bids by Chelsea have already been rejected by Manchester United. According to Jack De Menezes of The Independent, the second offer to be declined was thought to be in the region of £25 million.

An official Red Devils spokesman stated via The Independent, "A bid was received yesterday and immediately rejected. Our position remains that he is not for sale."

Chelsea currently leads the Barclays Premier League with six points while Manchester United is tied for second place with three. The Red Devils and Blues battle each other next Monday at Old Trafford, and it's very important that Manchester United keeps Rooney in the fold.

First of all, he is extremely popular with Red Devils fans and has been a mainstay with Manchester United for a decade. He would be sorely missed by his fans.

Secondly, Chelsea would not be bidding so earnestly for Rooney if he was not still very productive. In addition to his 141 league tallies, Rooney has also scored 36 goals in international competition with England's national team.

He is too important to the Red Devils to be let go. It would just not be the same if No. 10 was not on the attack for the United contingent.

There have been reports that a third bid may be forthcoming after the two squads meet next Monday, according to That website is also reporting that Rooney is not for sale and will stay with the Red Devils once the September 2 transfer deadline has come and gone.

The soap opera continues. Stay tuned, Manchester United fans. It should only get more interesting from here on.