Now that Manchester United have witnessed another major transfer target reject their advances, with Pedro set to join Chelsea, FourFourTwo investigates the other potential options at the Red Devils' disposal...
If Manchester United fans had been wearing mood rings in recent months, there would be an ever-changing beam of colours illuminating their fingers.
When Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger were added to the squad just over a month ago, sentiment towards chief executive Ed Woodward was overwhelmingly positive as the club geared up for its march back into Europe.
That followed the giddy excitement at securing the services of Memphis Depay, with the Dutchman since proving to be at least as good as advertised in a superb start to the season at his new club.
The glowing glut of goodwill was then tempered somewhat by Angel Di Maria’s swift, relatively cut-price exit and Radamel Falcao’s defection to Chelsea, although those departures were at least largely expected. Sergio Ramos’ snub before re-signing with Read Madrid was another jolt.
But Woodward’s standing among Mancunian fans of a red persuasion has now taken a body blow following Chelsea’s unexpected swoop for Barcelona winger Pedro
There is still hope, however, for the United chief. With 11 days remaining before the transfer window is bolted down, FourFourTwo presents the 11 players that could have those mood rings oozing positivity once more.
Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
If Woodward wants the quickest of quick fixes to help fans forget the Pedro fiasco, it would be delivered by securing this 25-year-old attacking maestro (pictured above). Boasting 73 goals in 198 appearances for Bayern Munich, the German already has a World Cup, a Champions League and four Bundesliga titles in his possession. It will take a mega bid likely in excess of £60 million (S$132 million) to land him, but the Glazers have shown they are prepared to deal in that kind of stratosphere, as evidenced by the £59.7m splashed to secure Di Maria almost 12 months ago to the day.
Muller will also likely need to hand in a transfer request as Bayern Munich are obviously reluctant to part company with the young jet. But the whispers are the player himself favours the move and a mooted £250,000/week package could also be just the temptation he needs to call Manchester home.