Having impressed in his first press conference as Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal will be desperate to make a similarly positive impact with his forays into the transfer market.
The Dutchman has already sanctioned deals to bring Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw to his new club, but a coach of his supreme experience will be acutely aware that United need a few more signings if they are to mount a serious title charge in the upcoming season.
Even without the lure of Champions League football, the Red Devils have been linked to some stellar names, and the Old Trafford faithful should be hopeful of some top-quality players joining Van Gaal's United renaissance before the serious stuff gets underway.
Here's the very latest when it comes to all things United-related in the transfer window.
Arturo Vidal Leaves Door Open for Move
Vidal has been long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, and although he insisted that he would be happy to stay with the Bianconeri, his non-committal quotes from this most recent interview will certainly provide Red Devils supporters with hope:
Right now I'm just working on gaining strength and mobility. I can't say I've completed a cycle at Juventus. If I stay, I intend to keep doing things right.
"If I stay" suggests that the Chilean midfielder has already held some discussions about his future, and if United could pull off a deal, it would be a phenomenal coup for the club.
Here are some of the best bits from Vidal's stunning 2013/14 campaign:
At the moment, there are few central midfielders in the game who are of comparable quality to Vidal; in short, he has it all. Passing, tackling, industry, physicality and goalscoring are just a few of his many attributes, and he'd make a phenomenally positive impression on the United engine room.
But with Liverpool reportedly interested in the player, per David Maddock of The Mirror, United must move swiftly. The Merseyside outfit could offer Vidal Champions League football immediately after all, so Van Gaal must act sharply and be at his persuasive best to get the 27-year-old to trade Turin for Manchester.
Red Devils Keen on Ross Barkley
Having shone for Everton throughout the course of the 2013/14 season, the 20-year-old has naturally been linked with a host of elite Premier League clubs, including United.
According to Jack Wilson of the Daily Star, United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the player, although the Toffees look unlikely to cash in on their star midfielder. Indeed, it seems Barkley himself is only concerned about donning the blue of Everton in pre-season at the moment:
Looking forward to putting the blue shirt back on. ⚽️— Ross Barkley (@RBarkley20) July 18, 2014
The comparisons between current United forward Wayne Rooney and Barkley are natural. Rooney also made the move from Merseyside to Manchester at a young age, and the striker has gone on to enjoy a trophy-laden spell with the Old Trafford outfit.
But when Rooney left Everton, the Toffees were a team fighting relegation, whereas now the Goodison Park club can offer Barkley European football and the prospect of a Champions League challenge in the upcoming campaign.
Plus, Everton are renowned for raking in big transfer fees for their players. For a talent as precocious as Barkley, you suspect it would take an astronomical offer from United before the Toffees even consider selling up.
Academy Prospect Signs for Leicester
Leicester City have completed a deal for United's Louis Rowley. The 19-year-old defender has signed a one-year deal with the Foxes, as they look to build a squad capable of maintaining their Premier League status in 2014/15.
Leicester's official Twitter account broke the news of the signing:
Rowley follows Jack Barmby—son of former England international Nick Barmby—in making the move from Old Trafford to the newly promoted outfit. Barmby made the same move back in May.
While Leicester will be undoubtedly keen on preserving their place in the Premier League next season, they look to be planning for the future, too. Both Barmby and Rowley will have enjoyed a fine football education courtesy of United's academy and will be pushing to make an impression in the Foxes' first team before the season is over.