The Times reports that the reason for Rooney's transfer request is personal animosity towards Alex Ferguson.
"His transfer request came before the player knew that the 71-year-old Scot would be retiring at the end of the season," the paper writes. "Rooney’s issues are understood to lie with Ferguson, with whom his relationship has become increasingly strained in recent weeks, and not United. The player is believed to view the appointment of Moyes as a chance to reinvigorate his career at Old Trafford."
It is possible that Rooney has had the U-turn thrust upon him, if the Guardian is to be believed: their story reports that Bayern Munich - one of Rooney's few potential destinations - have officially ruled out making any move for the England striker.
"I don't know what Rooney would bring to the Bundesliga," said Bayern's sporting director Matthias Sammer. "We have great respect for Wayne Rooney but there has been no contact with him. There is no contact and he's not on the agenda. No, no. Absolutely not."
It is possible that the public statement was merely a smokescreen to protect secret negotiations, of course. But the principle of Occam's Razor suggests that the public statement was confirmation that Rooney simply ain't going to Bayern because they just don't need him.
Regardless of the motives, Rooney staying would be a big boost to David Moyes - who would struggle to attract a striker of anything approaching the same pedigree, when anyone who came in would know they were destined to warm the bench while Robin van Persie plays.
The apparent good news for Moyes is a timely boost after a slap to his ego in the Daily Star, which reports that David Moyes was not Alex Ferguson's first choice to replace him at Old Trafford.
It is a story they have lifted from French newspaper Le Parisien, which quoted sources close to Carlo Ancelotti claiming that the Italian was approached and asked to be the new boss at Manchester United.
Ancelotti was apparently "surprised and flattered, but politely declined" on the basis that he believes he will land the Real Madrid job instead.
Ferguson is said to have made a "personal appeal" to Ancelotti, the story goes, which frankly undermines the whole thing as far as Paper Round can see. The idea of Fergie begging anyone to do anything seems about as likely as him rejecting the offer of a place on the United board and instead going to a semi-retirement job as chief scout for Liverpool.
Manchester City's new manager-in-waiting, Manuel Pellegrini, is set for a battle to keep one of his best players as soon as he takes up his post, according to the Daily Mail. Sergio Aguero has told team-mates that he wants to leave Manchester, the paper reports. The story repeats claims made elsewhere several weeks ago that he wants to move to Madrid to be closer to estranged wife Giannina (and therefore also his baby boy), though the paper adds that City chiefs hope the change of boss and easing of dressing room tensions will help change his mind.
Finally, Chelsea and Manchester City are to do battle for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, who is expected to move on this summer, according to The Sun. Napoli are holding out for £52 million for the Uruguayan, which is the full cost of his eyewatering buy-out clause - but the fact that Napoli's president Aurelio de Laurentiis was spotted in London on Wednesday suggests that a deal is indeed in the works. Watch this space.