Chelsea could hold off on a second bid for Wayne Rooney until after he has played in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial next week, the Times says - with the Blues hoping a hostile Old Trafford reception would convince him to move to London.
Earlier this month, Chelsea confirmed that they had made a bid for Rooney, 27, but denied initial reports that the offer was £10 million plus Juan Mata or David Luiz. It was later reported that they had around offered £20 million for the England forward, with the bid being turned down.
United manager David Moyes has insisted that Rooney – who played for him at Everton – is not for sale, but Mourinho insisted the England forward was his only summer transfer target, with reports suggesting that Chelsea could bid up to £30 million.
At the end of last season, former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said Rooney had submitted a transfer request. At the club's final home game of the season, against Swansea, the striker was booed by sections of the crowd.
Summer reports that he was "angry and confused" after Moyes indicated he would be a back-up to first choice striker Robin van Persie, along with reports that he has indicated a wish to move to Stamford Bridge, are likely to see him given a tough time by the Old Trafford crowd if he plays next week.
And Chelsea are reported to believe that could work to their advantage, with United more likely to negotiate if the player is subjected to a rough reception.
United have said he will be back for their friendly against AIK Stockholm in Sweden, also next week, with Sir Bobby Charlton predicting he will stay at the club and beat his goalscoring record.
Charlton, who scored 249 goals for United – Rooney has 197 – said: "I still think Wayne Rooney will stay at Manchester United. Wayne Rooney is a Manchester United player, and I think that he will continue to be a Manchester United player."