An enticing month of transfer opportunities lies ahead at Old Trafford, with many wondering whether the club will revive their early window form or if the biggest deals have been done.
The Red Devils moved quickly to secure the signings of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera but have since slowed down in their recruitment drive, with four weeks of the window remaining.
Louis van Gaal has a hefty task in transforming the club's fortunes following their failure to qualify for European football last term, but he has received a particular boost in the chase for Juventus' Arturo Vidal.
Italian super agent Andrea D'Amico has told Sky Sport Italia (h/t Alex Harris of the Express) that either Arturo Vidal or Paul Pogba are certain to leave the club this summer.
D'Amico is quoted as saying: "Vidal and Pogba? One of the two will leave. I’ll go a step further. I’m convinced Vidal will certainly leave."
It's a story that's raged for the entirety of the summer transfer window thus far, but a mixture of strange times unfolding in Turin mixed with United's need for a player of Vidal's skill set has made for a most fitting drama.
Sky Sports' Pete O'Rourke states that a great deal of the Red Devils' attention is currently devoted to acquiring the Chilean:
@dannyh9623 Working hard on Vidal and some new defenders— Pete O'Rourke (@SkySportsPeteO) August 1, 2014
With Massimiliano Allegri at the helm of Juve following Antonio Conte's departure, the landscape at Juve may have changed of late, with Vidal's situation continuing to dominate the headlines.
One man who sorely wants his compatriot in La Liga is Real Madrid's newly acquired Colombian James Rodriguez, who told Radio Caracol, per Anderson's report:
I hope that the deal goes through, he is a great friend of mine. If he were to arrive, it would open the door to other Colombians, because we would have many playing at great clubs.
It wouldn't be the first time that the warmer climes of Spain have trumped the English top flight in enticing South American talent to their shores, but Football Italia claims the Red Devils are setting up a substantial offer for the Viola's prized possession:
Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC has previously quoted Barca vice president Javier Faus in indicating that Barca can only compete so much in terms of the figures they can offer:
Barca VP Faus asked bout Fiorentina's€50m asking price for Cuadrado. "We couldnt put the club's sustainability at risk." [via @sport ]— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) July 29, 2014
Cuadrado is flavour of the month following his fine contributions at the 2014 World Cup but has been on the European radar for some time since moving to Florence, with his big payday potentially coming this summer.
Manchester United could receive help from a most unlikely source in their race to sign Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels, after it became apparent Liverpool would be willing to loan the Germans Tiago Ilori this summer.
That's according to Jack Wilson of the Daily Star, who says the Merseysiders' Portuguese defender could head to Signal Iduna Park to soften the blow somewhat, albeit not nearly filling the void of any potential departure.
Dortmund have been clear in their intent to keep the £20 million man at every turn, however, and after it emerged that United had supposedly tied up a £16 million deal last month, Klopp is quoted by Wilson in replying: "If that's not a b******t story, I'll eat a broomstick!"
Norwegian pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft insists there will be no transfer in place to allow the 2014 World Cup winner to leave Dortmund this summer:
@FootballMcD Hummels will NOT leave Dortmund this summer. No! Zero! Chance— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) July 31, 2014
Having played such a pivotal role for the Black and Yellows in recent years, the Bundesliga giants are unsurprisingly adamant to retain Hummels' services.
At the moment Thomas Vermaelen is here. Vermaelen is injured. It is a possibility that he goes. If he does (go), we have to replace because he is an important player in our squad.
The Belgian has been consistently linked with a move to Old Trafford, but Jamie Jackson of The Guardian insists that Barcelona may yet swoop for his talents.
Broadcaster Mark Pougatch argues that if the Gunners do sell, it makes no sense to allow him to leave for another Premier League club:
If Wenger does sell Vermaelen, then surely he has to sell him abroad rather than strengthen a rival? Time for AW to be entirely selfish?— Mark Pougatch (@markpougatch) August 1, 2014
However, Vermaelen's preference is evidently something the north Londoners must respect, and there may yet be twists and turns to emerge in where the Belgian ends up in time for the 2014-15 campaign.