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Chelsea admit Rooney bid, reject claims Mata/Luiz were offered

Chelsea have confirmed that they made a bid for Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, but state that no player was offered as part of the deal.

Clive Brunskill

Chelsea have confirmed that a bid was made for Wayne Rooney in the wake of his reported unsettlement at Manchester United, but claim that reports of David Luiz or Juan Mata being offered in the deal are wide of the mark.

Via the Independent's Sam Wallace:

This is all very strange. As we said about the initial bid, United would certainly have briefed it, whether it was true or false, and now Chelsea have denied it... but not denied making a bid for Rooney. There's some cloak-and-dagger stuff at work here, and United may have an ulterior motive in unsettling Chelsea's players, but there's also the point to be made that Chelsea are probably bound to refute any talk of offering players and unsettling them themselves.

This one looks like it's going to have a lot of twists in the tale. Latest developments when we get them.