He has been usurped in the pecking order by Robin van Persie and clearly feels his future does not lie in the attacking midfield role he inhabited for most of last term.
After a game in May, former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told the BBC "I don't think Wayne was keen to play, simply because he has asked for a transfer."
Should the English forward decide to leave, fans will want the money from his sale reinvested in new players in the transfer market.
Here are five potential alternatives. Make of them what you will.