Chelsea to make new bid for Rooney

Chelsea are preparing to make an fresh bid of £40m for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, according to the Independent.

The England international reportedly remains the Blues top target this season, as Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his attacking options ahead of the new season.

The club have already seen a bid of £27m rejected by the Premier League champions, who have repeatedly stated that they do not intend on selling the 27 year old, though Mourinho is ready to further test their resolve with an improved offer.

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard is doubtful for England’s international friendly against Scotland on Wednesday week, the Express understands.

The 35 year old missed all three of Chelsea’s matches in the Far East with an Achilles problem, and Jose Mourinho believes that the midfielder will only be able to play a limited role in the United States leg of their trip, which began this morning with victory against Inter Milan.

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Henrique Hilario has signed a new one-year deal with the club, according to the Daily Star.

The 37 year old had looked to be on his way out of the club after being named on the list of players who were released at the end of last season, but will now remain at Stamford Bridge for an eight season.