The Sunday Mirror says talk of Rooney’s future has dominated the Old Trafford dressing room during pre-season and that many of his United team-mates are expecting the 27-year-old striker to now make his wish to leave the club official in the coming days.
Submitting an official transfer request will prompt the Blues to increase their offer to £30m. A dressing-room source said: “It is now clear that Wayne has made up his mind about leaving United.
“It has nothing to do with David Moyes. He simply feels that he needs a new challenge.
“The talk around the club has been that he will officially ask for a transfer in the next week.”