London, July 18 (ANI): New Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that Manchester United star Wayne Rooney is the only striker that he wants to buy for this season.
According to the Mirror, the statement came amid the claims and counter-claims of Stamford Bridge and the Old Trafford side, with the west Londoners accusing the Premier League champions of spreading outright lies over their bid for Rooney.
The report further said that Chelsea is expected to increase their offer to 25 million pounds this week after the rejection of their first written, cash-only bid of 20 million pounds for Rooney, although both the clubs are at daggers drawn.
Following the first match of his second spell in charge of Chelsea, a 1-0 win over Singha All-Stars in Thailand, Mourinho made a clear and unequivocal pitch for Rooney, saying that the club will either bid on Rooney or 'bust' on acquiring a striker for this season.
Stating that Chelsea has made its stance public about acquiring Rooney, Mourinho refused to say anything about its supposed spat with United, saying that whatever happened is between Chelsea and United, adding that he is only interested in bidding for Rooney.
Stating that Rooney is the player he wants to spark another title-winning campaign in Chelsea, Mourinho further said that he is ready to sell Fernando Torres or Demba Ba, or even both, to create space for Rooney, adding that it is now up to United to accept or reject their bid.
Although United rejected Chelsea's bid instantly, and have again insisted he is not for sale, but the striker no longer feels he has any future at Old Trafford, and the report added that Stamford Bridge is Rooney's preferred choice with Mourinho's public act of reciprocation may prove to be the domestic game's most controversial switch for decades.
The Europa League champions have dismissed suggestions from United that they had offered ten million pounds plus either Juan Mata or David Luiz, and the report said that they believe that the claims are a blatant attempt by United to destabilise Mata and Luiz in the build-up to the season.
Meanwhile, Mourinho insisted that there was no 'special feeling' about taking charge of a Chelsea side for the first time since September 2007 despite a Romelu Lukaku penalty beating of the Singha All-Stars. (ANI)