Wayne Rooney is reportedly ready to quit Old Trafford following a string of arguments with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Talks over a new contract for the United striker appear to have stalled, paving the way for the 24-year-old England international to leave in the January transfer window, according to The Mirror.
Club insiders accept that Rooney’s tarnished relationship with Ferguson is beyond repair after they clashed over recent revelations about the England international’s sex shame and the subsequent decision to leave the striker out of United’s team.
It is claimed that the duo have barely spoken to one another since Rooney returned from England duty last week.
The story is sure to add fuel to the speculation that Rooney could be headed out of the country at the earliest opportunity - possibly to Spain's Primera Division, where Real Madrid are claimed to be keen admirers.