Chelsea lead the chase for wantaway Wayne


For the first time, the odds of Wayne Rooney joining Chelsea are shorter than him staying at Manchester United.

As recently as two weeks ago, Unibet were offering 4.50 on a move to Stamford Bridge - but those odds have been slashed since Chelsea confirmed they had made an offer to sign him - one that United swiftly rejected.

United insist Rooney is not for sale but it's surely a matter of time until he departs - but for where?

Chelsea lead the way, but don't rule out a few dark horses...


1.60 to join Chelsea

Chelsea can now boast a manager that almost every footballer in the world would like to work for, and Jose Mourinho even remarked in his unveiling as the new Chelsea manager that Rooney should "do what makes him happy". Mourinho said: "I think 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 difference. 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." 

Chelsea have since lodged a bid for Rooney and are leading the way in the chase. How will it end?


2.30 to stay at Manchester United

Rooney has previous with David Moyes, who successfully sued his former player for libellous comments made in Rooney's autobiography. Can the pair sort out their differences? No, not really. Their relationship has soured further, with Moyes telling the press Rooney is no more than an understudy to main man Robin van Persie. Surely that couldn't have come as a surprise to Rooney, but he's taken exception to those comments and no feels "angry and confused".

While many would suggest he always seems this way, this time Rooney appears serious and looks closer than ever to departing Old Trafford. Mistake or masterstroke by Moyes? Time will tell.


10.00 to join Arsenal

The odds of Rooney joining forces with Wilshere, Cazorla, Podolski et al have lengthened in recent days. The Emirates once looked a possibility for Rooney, but Arsenal's pursuit of Rooney looks to be heading for the rocks, as does their chase of Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez.


20.00 to Paris Saint-Germain

If Rooney were to move abroad, PSG are the most likely side to satisfy his wage demands. A club that already pays Zlatan Ibrahimovic a reported world record salary would have deep enough pockets to afford Rooney, but would Paris suit Rooney? He and his wife Colleen have two young children and a move to Paris would be a big upheaval for the family. How badly does Rooney want to go?


Where else?

Rooney's options appear limited to the sides above, but if he shuns the likes of PSG and Chelsea, where else could he go?

Real Madrid may want to reinvigorate their forward line if Gonzalo Higuain departs, and Ancelotti may be tempted to reunited Rooney with Ronaldo. Los Blancos can be backed at 20.00.

Having just landed Neymar, Barca probably don't need Rooney. But there is reportedly interest at the Camp Nou, and a move there would certainly provide him with the fresh challenge he desires.

Manchester City is an option at 35.00, although he would spend his life on the run if he swapped Manchester red for Manchester blue, as he discovered three years ago.

Moneybags Monaco are 25.00 to step in. They can offer Rooney the money - and the lifestyle - he'd want. But they're not in European competition next season, and that wouldn't satisfy a man "at his peak".

Tottenham are 70.00 to get Rooney, but could they afford his wages? Or how about a return to Everton at 100.00? Unlikely? Yes. But stranger things have happened.