Wayne Rooney’s proposed moved to Chelsea is an intriguing situation. The only one to win from this situation could be the player himself.
Chelsea have plenty of attacking options, but Jose Mourinho is obviously after a striker with Premier League experience while his new additions find their feet. There is no doubting Rooney’s ability, but can a move south help to show some consistency to back up his natural talent? On the other hand, the chance to sell more strips will be obvious to the Chelsea money men. Big English players have always been attractive to younger football fans.
The big question is what will happen to Fernando Torres if he is presented with a big competitor for his position? Although he has struggled for form since arriving at Chelsea, signs of the old Torres were starting to creep in at the tail end of last season. He is a player who has always preferred to be the number one. At Liverpool, there was no real challenge for his place on the team sheet. David Ngog, Andriy Voronin and Dirk Kuyt were never in the same mould as Torres, so he had no pressures to deal with, leading to his best footballing years. Any transfer of Rooney to Chelsea could ultimately spell the end of the Spaniards time at Stamford Bridge, regardless of Mourinho’s words to the contrary.
Roy Hodgson is worried about the potential impact that an even further drawn out transfer saga could have on his England team leading into crucial qualifiers. But what must worry him even further is the impact of his main striker only being back up to Robin Van Persie next season, especially if England do qualify for next year’s World Cup.
The transfers of Rooney and Suarez could pull in £80 million in fees, but one man is close to beating this figure alone.