Wayne Rooney
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Jose Mourinho is said to be keen on signing England striker Wayne Rooney but that may not happen if the latest reports are to be believed.

Manchester United have a policy not to sell their top players to Premier League rivals, according to The Sun, hinting that Chelsea's hope of roping in Wayne Rooney would not happen.

It was reported that the 27-year-old England footballer, who has been sidelined ever since Robin van Persie joined Manchester United, could well leave Old Trafford after nine years if the new coach David Moyes fails to convince him in the coming weeks. He has reportedly placed transfer request to Sir Alex Ferguson before the coach handed over the mantle to Moyes.

Jose Mourinho, who has returned to Stamford Bridge for a second spell after leaving for Real Madrid five years ago, has hinted Chelsea's interest in Rooney.

"I think he [Rooney] is at a fantastic age for a player: maturity, big experience, still young. It's up to him and what he wants, what makes him happy. He's a little bit like me: he doesn't need one more pound in his contract. One more cup won't make a different. Be happy. Where is he happy? Where will he find more happiness to have ambition and drive him? I like him as a boy. I wish him well and hope he is happy," The Independent quoted Mourinho as saying.

Meanwhile, report has it that The Blues are willing to let go their star striker Fernando Torres, who was not in the best of form last season. Chelsea are reportedly keen on signing Uruguayan footballer Edinson Cavani and even willing to offer Torres as part of an exchange.

Jose Mourinho has reportedly made a whopping £49.3 million bid for Italian club Napoli's star striker Edinson Cavani, according to the Mirror. However, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis may not settle for Chelsea's offer as Cavani has a £53.5 million release clause.

"There is interest from Chelsea in Cavani, they'll call me in the next few hours. If Cavani is sold then I'll reinvest all of the £53.5 million of his release clause. I'll be delighted if he stays, but if he leaves then he will be adequately replaced," Laurentiis had earlier said on Napoli's official radio station.

Players, who have been linked to Chelsea, include Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder, Edin Dzeko and Eliaquim Mangala.