Manchester United have denied reports that striker Wayne Rooney would be included in a deal to bring Juan Mata to Old Trafford from Chelsea.
Rooney, who has a contract that runs through until the end of next season, has been frequently linked with Chelsea since the return of Jose Mourinho in the summer. However, United are determined to recoup a transfer fee for the striker, if they decide to sell.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are in no rush to move Mata, especially to a Premier League rival, though reports in The Guardian claim that they value the Spanish playmaker at between $57.5m and $65.5m. It is believed that United are interested in bringing Mata to Old Trafford to help revive their flagging attempt at reaching the Champions League next season.
Mourinho has been discussing Rooney’s future again this transfer window, claiming that he believed that Rooney would move abroad at the end of the season. This ploy may well be part of a strategy to persuade Rooney to push through a move to Stamford Bridge this season.