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The Mother Of All Theories On Where The Mata And Luiz Rumour Came From

Mark Farrelly
By Mark Farrelly
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The world and its mother seemed to think this morning that Chelsea had made a £10m + Juan Mata or David Luiz offer for Wayne Rooney. But Chelsea's statement this lunchtime, which confirms that they made a formal offer for Rooney, categorically states that there were no players offered in exchange:

'For avoidance of doubt and contrary to what is currently being briefed to the press in Sydney, the proposed purchase price does not include the transfer or loan of any players from Chelsea to Manchester United.'

So where did the whole Mata/Luiz story come from? Scottish journalist Graham Ruthven has the mother of all theories:



So United feed out the Mata and Luiz rumour in a hope that it will unsettle them and they'll move to Barcelona, which will then help United in their quest to sign Cesc Fabregas? ... My head hurts.



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