Wednesday Kickoff: Chelsea clarifies bid for Rooney; PSG chase Roma defender Marquinhos; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It appears Chelsea FC’s reported interest in Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is real.

After learning that Man United had rejected a reported £20 million ($30.4 million) offer for Rooney, Chelsea released a statement on Wednesday, saying that they had indeed made a written transfer bid for the England international, but that it in no way involved Juan Mata or David Luiz going to Old Trafford in return.

Recent rumors have reported the Spaniard and Brazilian to be part of a player exchange deal to bring in Rooney, who is Mourinho’s top target now that he’s been unable to bring in Edinson Cavani and Robert Lewandowski.

Despite the rumors of the 27-year-old’s potential departure from Manchester, manager David Moyes has continued to deny reports of Rooney’s sale to another club.

Here are some more stories to get your Wednesday started:

PSG NEARING ROMA DEFENDER MARQUINHOS

Less than 24 hours after introducing Edinson Cavani as the latest member of Paris Saint-Germain, the French club’s front office are closing in on the next big-money signing.

AS Roma defender Marquinhos is reportedly on his way to the Parc Des Princes, with PSG potentially spending €35 million ($46 million) to bring the Brazilian to Ligue 1. The 19-year-old defender has been heavily tracked recently by Barcelona, but PSG, like with Cavani, have made a late move for Marquinhos that seems to have turned his head.

Marquinhos joined Roma last summer from Corinthians in Brazil for under €5 million, earning Roma a massive profit if the Brazilian is transferred. Reports in Italy state that Marquinhos’ agent is meeting with the Roma front office on Wednesday.

Last season at Roma, the former Brazil Under-17 star played 26 times in Serie A, starting 22 of those games.

MAN CITY AGREE FEE WITH SEVILLA OVER NEGREDO

Just when it looked like the deal was off, Manchester City are now putting the finishing touches on a new striker to replace the departed Carlos Tevez.

Spanish forward Alvaro Negredo is on his way to Manchester City after Sevilla agreed a reported €30 million ($39.4 million) transfer fee. Sevilla president Jose Maria Del Nido admitted the deal is set, reportedly stating that Wednesday would be Negredo’s last day at the club, and that he’s signing the “contract of his life” at the Etihad Stadium.

Negredo becomes the second Sevilla player to move to Man City this summer, following Jesus Navas’ move to England. Last season, the 27-year-old front man scored 25 goals in 26 La Liga games, still falling to a distant fourth behind Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Radamel Falcao. Negredo scored another six goals in the Copa Del Rey for Sevilla last season as well.

QUICK KICKS

France Under-20 left back Lucas Digne has completed a €15 million transfer to PSG after passing his physical on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Napoli are closing in on a €12 million move for Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol. (REPORT)

Inter Milan have signed Juventus and Chilean National Team midfielder Mauricio Isla for €7.5 million. (REPORT)

New Borussia Dortmund signing Henrik Mkhitaryan has suffered a partial tear in a ligament in his right ankle during a friendly match, forcing him out for four weeks. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? Do you see Rooney moving to Chelsea? Do you like the Marquinhos signing for PSG? Do you see Negredo succeeding in England?

Share your thoughts below.

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14 Responses to Wednesday Kickoff: Chelsea clarifies bid for Rooney; PSG chase Roma defender Marquinhos; and more

  1. Bean says:

    I’ve always respected Rooney, but if he plays for Chelsea, that would really hurt.

  2. Reboot says:

    Amazing how Alvaro Negredo can demand a larger fee that Wayne F-ing Rooney.

    • Sly says:

      Negredo doesnt want to leave and his club doesnt want to sell, plus being not english he is willing to play in any big league whereas English players tend to stay home so the amount of teams Rooney could go to realistically is about 5 whereas Negredo is about 50. Supply and Demand.

      Perhaps Rooney would be willing to leave England but then he would only play for one of the best teams in the world Do a count and see where he would fit in the big 4 leagues top 5 teams excluding england.

  3. Sly says:

    Sorry Mkhtaryan should have come to liverpool.

  4. Travis says:

    I know Rooney wants to leave but he is clearly worth well more than 20 mil pounds. I am not even a huge fan of his but come on that offer is seriously lowballed.

  5. Peter says:

    Why so much for Marquinhos?

    • ManicMessiah says:

      Because PSG values players far more than money, of which there are maybe 4 clubs in the world like that.

      • Al17 says:

        He’s young and the upside is good. It also helps with Financial Fair Play down the line. What’s not mentioned is that my club just signed Lucas Digne from Lille earlier today. He played on the U20 team that just won the title. Last year, defense for PSG wasn’t an issue. Tops in Ligue 1 and one of the best in Europe. The backline is something fierce right now on paper and coupled with the midfield front line options this is just ridiculous on paper. If Blanc proves to be as good as manager when he was in charge of Bordeaux, I expect to see PSG in Champion’s League Final next season. A great mix of young players who are only getting better.

  6. Nate Dollars says:

    skilled, intelligent, young, and brasilian

  7. DC Josh says:

    There is so much money being thrown around, I need to get into sports agency before the system collapses.

  8. bryan says:

    PSG is out of their mind. these fees are ridiculous for players who don’t deserve them. ruining the value of players.

    • Al17 says:

      Chelsea, United, Barca, Milanos, Juventus and Madrid started this whole madness back so don’t go blaming French clubs that finally got money. I doubt you’d be saying this if it were an EPL club. Unlike Real @ least one can trace actually money for PSG no smoke and mirrors here.

      • Edwin in LA says:

        It’s really about what Chelsea started followed by Man City, there those are EPL teams happy, but whether you are French or have a soft spot for them now PSG and Monaco are in the same group of teams owned by some rich mogul, theirs is like Man City and from the middle east, who is pouring money like crazy into the team’s transfer budget. So yeah PSG is making things stupid because they are pushing it with something like this Marquinos transfer