Wayne Rooney was offered to Napoli as the Manchester United captain "doesn't have a good relationship with Jose Mourinho", according to an Italian agent.
Rooney has lost his place in United's starting XI after a string of below-par performances but remains just one goal behind Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time scoring record for the club.
Now Vincenzo Morabito, a well-known intermediary between the Premier League and Serie A, has claimed the 31-year-old could have joined Napoli during the summer,
A move to an English rival was ruled out but the former FIFA agent insists Mourinho is keen to offload the ageing star and make room in his squad, with even a loan move mooted.
"I know for a fact that he was offered to Napoli as he can't go to other English clubs, which could lead him to Spain and Italy," Morabito told Radio CRC.
"He was, I repeat, offered to Napoli. While the idea is beautiful, when you look at his €10 million-a year salary, it isn't realistic.
"He certainly doesn't have a good relationship with Mourinho, and therefore his future is far from United, even on loan, to give them more room."
Rooney started United's last game, a midweek win over Crystal Palace, marking the first time in over a month in the Premier League with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Juan Mata and the resurgent Henrikh Mkhitaryan keeping the England skipper out of the team.