Who's up for Wayne?
CHELSEA: John Terry has admitted that he would relish the opportunity to play with Wayne Rooney at Stamford Bridge.
When asked if he would like Rooney to wear the blue of Chelsea, Terry got a nudge from a club official.
Clearly, this has become a sensitive topic at Chelsea, whose owner Roman Abramovich would enjoy the prospect of stealing his rival's most coveted asset.
"Wayne is the best young player in the world," said Terry. "We've got a great squad of players and he would add to that and strengthen the squad. He is the best player in the world for me."
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is not expecting to do any business in the January transfer window after denying there had been any contact with the unsettled striker.
Asked if there had been contact between City and the player, Mancini said: "No. Never. Rooney is a great player but I think he'll stay at United. He's an important player for United."
However the Italian coach has indicated that he could make changes in the summer.
"In the summer if there is a player who could change something for us, we could talk about this," he said. "Not January, I don't think."
While the Reds and the Blues do battle over Rooney's signature, the Rebels -- better known as FC United of Manchester -- declined to put in a bid yesterday.
"Forget his wages," said Karl Marginson, the manager of the non-League club. "We couldn't pay his hairdressing bills. And he doesn't even have much hair."
Formed as a protest movement in the wake of the Glazers' takeover of Manchester United, FC United are staffed entirely by local semi-professionals.
While Rooney seeks a new contract that would bring him nearly £1m per month, FC United are trying to raise the £3.5m they need to build a new stadium and free them from their ground-sharing arrangement with Bury.
Jose Mourinho admitted he would be interested in signing Rooney -- provided it has the blessing of his long-term friend Alex Ferguson.
"He probably wants to leave for some reason but I believe he belongs to Man United, he belongs to Man United fans, he belongs to Old Trafford," Mourinho said. "But if, at the end of the day, Man United decide that he is to leave, then give me a call." (© Daily Telegraph, London)