Chelsea are reported to be ready to wait until after Wayne Rooney has taken part in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial next week before they make a move for the Manchester United striker, according to The Times.
The Blues had an initial bid rejected after Jose Mourinho publicly announced his admiration for the England international, but the actual value of the offer is yet to be disclosed with rumours placing it around the £20m mark.
Rooney has been the subject of intense transfer speculation this summer, after he personally informed former boss Sir Alex Ferguson of his intention to leave the club before the final game of last season.
Rooney has since failed to comment throughout the fiasco over his future, although sources close to him claimed he was “angry and confused” over comments made by new manager David Moyes that he would not automatically be first choice.
Moyes has insisted repeatedly though that Rooney will not be leaving Old Trafford, but Chelsea are expected to return with an improved offer as Mourinho looks to bring the 27-year-old to Stamford Bridge.
Sir Bobby Charlton, a Manchester United legend and current director, recently told the media that he expected Rooney to remain at the club and tipped him to go on to beat his own scoring record.
"I still think Wayne Rooney will stay at Manchester United," he said. "Wayne Rooney is a Manchester United player, and I think that he will continue to be a Manchester United player."