United in no hurry over Rooney talks

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Manchester United will not be forced into negotiations with Wayne Rooney as reports of Chelsea's renewed interest in the England forward have surfaced.

The Daily Mirror claims United are still in no rush to open talks with Rooney, despite his contract expiring in 18 months. The door has subsequently been opened for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho -- who pursued the 28-year-old heavily last summer, only to be thwarted by United's powerbrokers -- and it is understood the Blues will make another big play for their primary transfer target over the next six months. However, United remain steadfast in their desire to leave Rooney alone.

Meanwhile, a player who could be coming in to Old Trafford in the near future is FC Porto's Eliaquim Mangala, according to the Daily Mirror. It is said that manager David Moyes has pinpointed the defender as his top priority when the transfer window opens in January.

Moyes' side need a lift from somewhere after an underwhelming start to the Premier League season, and the former Everton boss believes the 22-year-old France international is the answer. An offer in the region of 15 million pounds is expected to be tabled in the coming weeks.

Ashley Cole may have a fight on his hands to retain his position at Stamford Bridge, with reports suggesting the London club could be set to sign Southampton left-back Luke Shaw. The 18-year-old has caught the eye of the Premier League's top clubs and the Daily Mail states Chelsea are leading the charge as January talks are expected to take place.


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