It seems inconceivable that Sir Alex Ferguson's side would part with their talismanic frontman, but following constant revelations regarding the Glazer's mounting debts, perhaps it isn't as far-fetched as it first appears.
Of far less debate is Roman Pavlyuchenko's long-awaited departure from White Hart Lane, with the Russian's next destination seemingly the one remaining uncertainty.
The Tottenham striker appeared set to return to his homeland with his tail between his legs having been heavily linked with Zenit St Petersburg, but it seems his spell in the Premier League may not yet be over.
Birmingham are the latest side rumoured to have entered the race for the out-of-favour forward as Alex McLeish seeks to utilise his supposed £40 million war chest.
The Blues have also been linked with 6ft 5inch Red Bull Salzburg striker Marc Janko, who would provide a different option entirely.
Elsewhere, Blackburn supposedly lead the chase for Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, while Stoke are set to up their interest in England goalkeeper David James.
In Europe, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool continue to grapple with Real Madrid and Barcelona for the signature of 18-year-old Racing wonderkid Sergio Canales and Sunderland are chasing Hamburg defender Guy Demel.
- Gareth Burton