Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is believed to have told his team mates he wants a move to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. The Mirror believes the 27-year-old could be the subject of a £30m bid from the Champions League finalists.
Rooney's position at Old Trafford has been under the spotlight ever since his omission for the second leg of a Champions League match against Real Madrid. Sir Alex Ferguson has been forced to defend the ex-Everton man's position at the club and has insisted he remains a key member of his team.
However, the Mirror believes Rooney is increasingly dissatisfied with having to play second fiddle to Robin van Persie in the fight for the central striker's position. The former Arsenal captain has been preferred in that position since his summer signing and has delivered 25 goals and eight assists from 36 appearances. In contrast, Rooney has only 12 goals and 10 assists from 27 appearances; he had 27 goals and four assists from 32 Premier League starts last year.
Robin van Persie's continued presence up front has forced Ferguson to play Rooney in deeper positions, right down to central midfield roles. Rooney has found game time this season, given Ferguson's lack of options in those roles but with fresh signings expected in that area - Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic is a rumoured target - it is likely Rooney will face an even bigger struggle for first team football next season.
The striker is believed to be flattered by interest from the Allianz Arena and eager to work with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who will take charge at Bayern Munich in the summer. However, the Germans will face competition for his signature, with Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain (PSG) reportedly interested.
Rooney Out, Lewandowski In
Meanwhile, the future of Polish international Robert Lewandowski continues to be uncertain as well. The 24-year-old Borussia Dortmund star has had an excellent season, with 23 goals in 29 league games. He also scored four, in one game, against Real Madrid; the first time anybody has managed that in a Champions League match. Lewandowski's form has attracted attention from a number of top clubs, including United, Bayern Munich and Madrid themselves. This particular race seems far from run though, with United's Premier League rivals, Arsenal, also reported as being interested.