Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney has handed in a transfer request at Manchester United. [Reuters]

Amid rumours that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is ready to leave Old Trafford after nine years' stint, another speculation has surfaced that Chelsea are eyeing him.

Chelsea are prepared to offer £20m for Wayne Rooney if David Moyes fails to convince him to stay at Old Trafford, reported The Telegraph. 

The 27-year-old England striker, who still has two more years left with Old Trafford in his current deal, has been linked to a few big clubs - Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, ever since reports surfaced that he had placed a transfer request to Sir Alex Ferguson after being sidelined in Manchester United following Robin van Persie's signing last season.

He has been linked to Arsenal for a £25million move despite Manchester United's reported policy not to sell their top players to Premier League rivals.

Meanwhile, Rooney has reportedly met Manchester United new coach, David Moyes secretly to discuss his future in the club and had expressed his anger over Ferguson's claims that he had handed in a transfer request, reported The Sun.

"There is little doubt the new boss wants to keep Wayne. Any suggestions the two don't get on is complete rubbish. It was an amicable meeting but it gave Wayne the chance to get a lot of things off his chest. He's always denied handing in a transfer request and like all top players, he was upset to be dropped, especially for the Real Madrid match," an insider told The Sun.

Football lovers have to wait a little longer to know Rooney's fate. The Telegraph reported that "the first significant date likely to offer a clue to Rooney's future is July 10 when United depart for a three-week tour of the Far East and Australia."