The 10 big moves that could still happen
Wayne Rooney to Chelsea
Ironically, it was the arrival of Robin van Persie – a player of the calibre Rooney had urged the club to sign some two years earlier as he bemoaned the lack of ambition shown by United – that pushed the England international down the pecking order.
His squad status appears to be unaffected by the arrival of new boss David Moyes – who the ex-Everton striker already has a tumultuous relationship with – as the Scot inferred that Rooney would remain back-up: “Overall my thought on Wayne is that if for any reason we get an injury to Robin van Persie we are going to need him.”
A hamstring injury in United's very first training session of their pre-season tour of Asia has denied Rooney game time or an opportunity to impress, but Chelsea – still looking to upgrade a strikeforce that, between Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, scored just three league goals in 2013 – remain interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge.
Rooney is ready to push through a move to the west London club, and has agreed a deal in principle worth £200,000-a-week, but United are reluctant to seal. While the striker may toy with the idea of handing in a transfer request, Chelsea will have to up their initial £20 million bid if they truly want to secure his signature.