Wayne Rooney will ask Manchester United for a transfer this week.

Sunday Mirror Sport understands that talk of Rooney’s future has ­dominated the Old Trafford dressing room during pre-season and that many of his United team-mates are expecting the 27-year-old striker to now make his wish to leave the club ­official in the coming days.

New United boss David Moyes has insisted since succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson last month that Rooney is not for sale – and has rejected bids from Chelsea and Arsenal. But Rooney – and his team-mates – ­believe that his time at ­United has come to an end nine years after arriving from Everton in a ­£25million deal.

Rooney feels his future would be best served under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea but United will ­ideally look to sell him abroad.