Numerous reports from national newspapers are running the story that Wayne Rooney is set for a sensational transfer away from Manchester United.
Having said earlier in the week that Bayern Munich appealed to him, his potential departure had slipped under the radar in light of Sir Alex Ferguson's bombshell retirement.
The latest twist to the news is that Chelsea are aiming their sights at bringing him on board, in a deal which could have seismic effects for Premier League football as we know it.
With Manchester United tipped to appoint David Moyes as manager, there is an obvious connection in their pair's fractious Everton past that leads to the assumption that Rooney simply does not want to be re-united with his former boss.
But it has been confirmed this evening that David Moyes is not the reason Wayne Rooney wants a move, for the Englishman actually made his transfer request a fortnight ago.
The news was detailed on Twitter by Guardian journalist Daniel Taylor and James Ducker of The Times.
Stories about Wayne Rooney asking for a transfer are correct. Asked to see Ferguson two weeks ago, request was rejected #mufc— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) May 8, 2013
Rooney went to see Fergie 2 weeks ago & asked to leave.Was told he would not be sold. A #mufc spokesman said: "Wayne Rooney is not for sale"— James Ducker (@DuckerTheTimes) May 8, 2013
It does not change implications of the story that Rooney could be heading outwards from Manchester United, - as if a bid comes in the club will have to give it strong consideration.
But it does assure supporters that his departure, if it happens, would not be a direct effect of appointing David Moyes.
The still Everton manager may not be able to convince Rooney to stay at Old Trafford, but then again just perhaps he does not want him to.
United fans what do you make of the Rooney reports?
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