David Moyes still has some way to go before he can win over those criticising his reign as Manchester United manager, but a successful summer transfer window would go some way in turning those opinions in his favour.
A 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie provided a significant ray of hope at Old Trafford, and what foundations there are among the Red Devils' squad would be helped by some new recruits in the coming months.
As is only suitable for a club of their stature, the transfer gossip and speculation is already rolling in ahead of what should be an intriguing summer window, with some of the latest rumours discussed ahead.
For some time now, United have been fervently linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus, a notion seen as laughable by some considering the current state of the two clubs.
And any hopes that the Premier League champions may have had in luring Reus to the English top flight have just taken a turn for the worse following comments from FIFA agent Francois Gallardo made to Spanish television channel La Sexta (h/t Ben Ben Jefferson of the Express):
This is a player who has given an ultimatum to Barcelona. He expects a quick response or he will decide on another destination. This is a top player who was at one time a target for Real Madrid. That should revive the interest from those at the Camp Nou.
So while Manchester United may not necessarily be the ones getting their hands on the Black and Yellows' star, that isn't to say he won't be leaving Signal Iduna Park at all.
The official Bundesliga Twitter account can attest to just how well Reus has performed since coming back from injury in March:
And Borussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc, per Jefferson's report, has fanned the flames regarding a potential Reus exit, saying that the German giants are always prepared for transfer interest in their players:
We have predicted an exodus for the last three years. If all those who were supposed to leave us were gone we would have had to build three new teams. That has not been the case.
We have always been able to react after the departure of an important player. This year, that will be Robert Lewandowski and I am confident that we will be able to compensate for his departure.
It became apparent in March that Barcelona had agreed a deal to sign Dinamo Zagreb youngster Alen Halilovic, but the Simon Yeend of the Express reported that Manchester United may yet have a hope of signing the player.
This is due to the 14-month transfer ban placed upon La Blaugrana this week by FIFA, preventing the club from conducting any transfer business until the summer of 2015 due to their infringements when signing "10 players under the age of 18."
However, Dinamo manager Zoran Mamic spoke to Croatian outlet Sportske Novosti (h/t Sky Sports), ensuring them that the deal was complete and that Halilovic would be a Barca player this summer:
I called the Barcelona board and got an assurance that the sentence does not affect the transfer of Alen Halilovic. Everything is fine, there is no need for speculation. Alen will move to Barcelona after this season, that is for sure.
The contract is signed and you can be sure that nothing unusual will happen.
It's never easy to lose out on a target of such prodigious talent, but it looks as though Moyes must now look elsewhere for his midfield additions.
Edinson Cavani will not be leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer—that's according to club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
Along with Chelsea, United are alleged to be one of those teams looking to poach the striker's services this summer, but Metro's Hannah Duncan quotes Al-Khelaifi as saying: "Edinson Cavani is important for us. He will be staying."
Ian Abrahams of talkSPORT has, however, noted that the Uruguayan international didn't look completely content when playing against Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final earlier this week:
PSG say they won't sell Edinson Cavani this summer - thought he looked unhappy/unsettled the other night v Chelsea— Ian Abrahams (@BroadcastMoose) April 4, 2014
One can't blame the Ligue 1 title defenders for wanting to keep the talents of a player who cost them a whopping €64 million last summer, with Al-Khelaifi choosing not to mince his words on this occasion.