Chelsea have reportedly failed in a bid for Wayne Rooney, with Manchester United rejecting the Blues? cash-plus-player offer.
It is believed the London club offered ?10million, plus either Juan Mata or David Luiz for the 27-year-old.
However, it is understood that the bid has been rejected out of hand by the Premier League champions.
The England forward is apparently “angry and confused” about his status at United after recent comments made by new manager David Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward.
And, after Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho spoke last week about how much he admired Rooney as a player, the London club have now placed a firm bid for the 27-year-old.
However, since taking over at Old Trafford, Moyes has stressed that Rooney is not for sale, and the bid has been swiftly declined.
Rooney is currently being treated for a hamstring injury at United’s training ground, having had to fly home from the club’s pre-season tour.
The stunning development comes less than 24 hours after the depth of Rooney’s anger at comments made by United manager David Moyes became known.
With it looking increasingly like Rooney’s nine-year stay at Old Trafford is coming to an end, Chelsea have made their move.
And the fact Mata and Luiz have been deemed expendable in such a deal seems particularly significant.
That United should dismiss the offer so quickly is no surprise. In recent weeks they have repeatedly insisted Rooney is not for sale, and the idea of selling to a domestic rival is particularly unpalatable.
Yet it is difficult to envisage how United can possibly hold that line right until the transfer window closes.
It increasingly appears Rooney’s position is impossible, with United fans likely to turn against their one-time hero.
And for Moyes, it represents a tricky situation given he is attempting to bolster his squad rather than weaken it.