That claim is the most sensational one made in an article by John Cross in the Daily Mirror which says Rooney never asked for a transfer request - and now fears he will be exiled at Paris Saint-Germain.
Manchester United's exiting boss Ferguson said Rooney had put in his second transfer request in three years near the end of the season. However Cross's report says that while clear-the-air talks were held, Rooney never officially asked to leave - and now fears the damage is done and that there is no way back for him at the club.
The whole reaction to his mythical transfer request has reportedly left Rooney upset.
"He was alarmed to see Sky pundit Gary Neville - his England coach and a former United team-mate - laughing about him asking for a transfer while conducting a TV interview with Paul Scholes," says the Mirror.
"That has left him with the feeling there was a deep undercurrent and determination within the club to sell him."
In regard to the Hart swap claim, the Mirror says: "Ferguson had even explored using Rooney as bait in an incredible player-plus-cash swap deal to bring Manchester City keeper Joe Hart to Old Trafford.
"Ferguson is a big admirer of Hart and felt his unhappiness under Roberto Mancini gave him a chance of snatching him.
"Hart is now happier at Eastlands and will stay on under boss-in-waiting Manuel Pellegrini following last week's decision to sack Mancini."
PSG are favourites to sign Rooney with Monaco, Chelsea, Arsenal and "even Manchester City" watching developments.
You suspect that Rooney's future will be the dominant transfer story this summer.
To other rumours and David Moyes will rival Chelsea in the battle to sign 17-year-old Luke Shaw this summer. The Southampton left-back is on Moyes's shortlist as the new Manchester United manager attempts to put his own stamp on the squad left by Sir Alex Ferguson. (Daily Mail)
Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, has vowed to fight off inevitable interest in Luis Suarez this summer, despite admitting that every player has his price after agreeing a £15m fee to sell Andy Carroll to West Ham. (The Times)
West Ham are plotting to pair Romelu Lukaku with Carroll up front next season. They will move quickly in an attempt to beat Europa League-bound Swansea to the signing of Chelsea striker Lukaku, who is set to go out on loan for another season in 2013-14 after an impressive year with West Brom. (Daily Mirror)
Rodgers is hoping to begin his crucial summer of spending with a bang by snapping up a long-term replacement for Jamie Carragher. Liverpool manager Rodgers has targeted highly-rated Greece international Kyriakos Papadopoulos and will table a firm £13.5 million offer for the Schalke centre-half. (Daily Mirror)
Real Madrid are ready to blow Tottenham out of the water in a bid to sign Gareth Bale this summer. They will offer him mega-wages and let him keep his image rights although they are only prepared to pay a transfer fee of £43m. (Daily Star)
Real Madrid and Barcelona are considering a move for Chelsea defender David Luiz. The Brazilian could become an early casualty of incoming boss Jose Mourinho who has concerns about the 26-year-old's defensive abilities. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal have been told primary transfer target Stevan Jovetic will cost £25 million but the Gunners are not willing to pay more than £20m for the 23-year-old who has been on the club's radar since 2011. (Daily Mail)
Phil Neville is keen on replacing David Moyes as Everton boss and has held talks with Bill Kenwright over the issue. (The Times)
And finally, Roberto Martinez has been given 48 hours to decide whether he wants to replace Tony Pulis as Stoke manager. (Daily Star)