Jose Mourinho has strongly hinted that Chelsea will increase their bid for Manchester United’s unsettled England striker Wayne Rooney.
Mourinho’s second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge started with a routine 2-0 win over Hull City.
And afterwards he indicated that the Blues are still interested in bringing Rooney, 27, to the club and plan to make another attempt to sign him before the transfer window closes.
“We have to try until the last day to add a new player to the squad – a striker,” he said.
“But in this moment every striker has a club and every striker belongs to other clubs and I don’t think it’s ethical that I name players that belong to other clubs.”
But Chelsea’s interest in Rooney, who set up two goals as United beat Swansea in their opening Premier League fixture of the season on Saturday, is clear.
They have made two previous offers for the former Everton forward and look certain to make another approach.
Mourinho added: “You know which players we can sniff their situation. If we have to make the bid we make it in an official way. We don’t speak to players, we speak to clubs.
“We don’t try to influence players to behave in a certain way. We will go to the club in the direct manner and we will try that until the last day of the window.”