The Manchester United forward has reportedly decided that, with Sir Alex Ferguson set to retire at the end of the season, now is the time to depart the Premier League champions.
According to numerous papers, Rooney has told United officials, including Ferguson, that he wants to leave the club as soon as the current campaign is concluded, with his former Everton boss David Moyes set to be appointed as the new manager.
It comes as the Daily Mail also reveal that outgoing United chief executive David Gill has met with super agent Jorge Mendes to negotiate an emotional return for Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Old Trafford for £80 million in 2009.
With Rooney having been reportedly told by Fergie that he would not be allowed to leave the club, the forward is prepared to hand in another formal transfer request according to the Mail, paving the way for Ronaldo's return.
The three clubs that a number of papers agree are poised to line up for the disgruntled Rooney are Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Bayern Munich, with the England forward potentially set for a sensational switch to Stamford Bridge, where Jose Mourinho is expected to end up this summer.
According to the Daily Mirror, Chelsea will hijack Bayern's £30m deal for Rooney, with the Blues set to trump the Bavarian giants' offer for the unsettled forward.
The Sun say that "United were in turmoil" last evening after Fergie's exit from the club was confirmed, and the paper are adamant that the Scot's final major act will be to appoint his compatriot Moyes as his successor – something which every paper seems to agree on.
The Mail report that Ferguson choked up as he told his players about his departure in the club's canteen, while numerous papers report that he will usher in Moyes personally, taking a very active role in assisting his countryman.
And finally, a cluster of papers report that Arsenal will snatch striker Loic Remy away from relegated QPR, beating a host of other Premier League clubs to his signing as Arsene Wenger prepares to offer him a bumper deal to lead the line at the Emirates.