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Chelsea delay third offer for Wayne Rooney until after Manchester United match on Monday

Updated: Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 11:13 | Comments

Jose Mourinho considers it 'ethical' to postpone Chelsea's pursuit of Wayne Rooney until after Monday's encounter with the Red Devils
Jose Mourinho considers it 'ethical' to postpone Chelsea's pursuit of Wayne Rooney until after Monday's encounter with the Red Devils

Jose Mourinho and Chelsea will wait until after Monday's Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford to make a third bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

Chelsea have seen two offers for Rooney rebuffed by United, who insist the England striker is not for sale.

Mourinho will test that resolve, but not until after the clash with United.

"I don't want Chelsea to do it before we go there," Mourinho said following his side's 2-1 defeat of Aston Villa.

"Everybody in the club, in the board, they agree with me. We share that opinion. There is (a) time to do things.

"I think this period, by the ethical point of view, is a period where we're going to be quiet and thinking just about that game."

"Everybody in the club, in the board, they agree with me - Jose Mourinho

The transfer window closes on 2 September, so Mourinho and Chelsea can bide their time over Rooney.

Mourinho has expressed sympathy with the view of managers who believe the transfer window should close before the start of the Premier League season.

Yet the self-styled Special One is still determined to do his utmost to recruit Rooney, who appears unhappy at United.

Mourinho insists he is satisfied with his squad, which contains three strikers in Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba.

Ba started against Villa, with Lukaku coming off the bench and Torres not in the matchday squad.

There are alternative targets should a third bid fail, with Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto'o, who played under Mourinho at Inter Milan, reportedly one of them.

Speaking prior to the Villa clash, Mourinho said: "We have plans B and C.

"Don't ask me names because it's difficult to speak about players from other clubs."

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