Wayne Rooney's time at Manchester United appears to be coming to an end. David Moyes' honeymoon period with the club also appears to be over. Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, far sooner than expected, will now have to make his first major decision at the club. Will he talk Rooney into staying, or will he allow the "angry and confused" star to leave?
The mantra of "no one player being bigger than a club" tends to lean towards the 27-year-old exiting the club in the very near future.
Red Devils' fans are rightly conflicted. Rooney cannot demand a place in the starting XI, that much is clear. That stance undermines the newly appointed manager, Moyes. On the other hand, there is no doubting his mercurial talents and his importance to the club and to the English international team.
With that in mind, Rooney will have no end of suitors. He is one of the best players in the Premier League and is capable of reaching the same heights as Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in any given match.
If he is to leave his home for the last nine seasons, should Manchester United take the money and run, or should they look for a part exchange player plus cash deal?
If he was available for a free transfer tomorrow the queue to obtain his signature would be long and varied. It would surely contain the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, FC Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid amongst others.
Here, Bleacher Report looks at five potential swap deals involving Wayne Rooney that Manchester United could capitalize on, and improve the team at the same time.