Confirmation from Sir Alex Ferguson that Wayne Rooney has made a transfer request at Manchester United has intensified speculation over the England striker's future.
Here we consider where the 27-year-old could be playing next season.
Rooney still has more than half of the five-year contract he signed in 2010 to run and so his current club are in a position to play hard ball with any potential suitors. Incoming manager David Moyes has history with Rooney, having given him his first chance at Everton, and could change the picture. The pair fell out after Rooney left Goodison Park but have long said they have patched up their differences.
The Blues would offer Rooney a chance to make a fresh start in the Premier League in which he is comfortable. Money would not be an issue as they look to rebuild their squad after the frustrations of this season. Playing under Jose Mourinho would also have its appeal although it remains to be seen whether the Portuguese will be back at Stamford Bridge or if he will want Rooney.
Of potential foreign destinations, Bayern Munich have been the club most heavily linked with Rooney's services. He could obviously do far worse than join Europe's outstanding club this season - although they are still to cement that status by winning the Champions League. The growing strength of the Bundesliga and the imminent arrival of Pep Guardiola will offer great appeal and, culturally, Germany is far less alien than Spain or Italy.
One of the up-and-coming powers of European football, PSG have also been linked consistently with Rooney - although the Qatari-backed, newly-crowned French champions could have several big names in their sights. David Beckham could certainly vouch for Rooney and offer his advice, and it could be an exciting time to get involved in the PSG project, but a change of manager if Carlo Ancelotti leaves could affect recruitment.
United's neighbours were thought to have strong interest in Rooney when he came close to forcing his way out of Old Trafford in October 2010, but a lot of water has gone under the bridge since then. City have to spend more carefully now to address Financial Fair Play issues and United would drive the hardest bargain with their neighbours. There has also been no suggestion City are interested this time and there is now also uncertainty over their manager's future.
There is little doubt Rooney, despite the anger his decision to quit Goodison caused, still holds his boyhood club in great affection. It is even thought he could return there one day - but it is not going to happen now. Everton simply could not afford to buy him. If he does go back, it is likely to be in the twilight of his career.