Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has emerged as Manchester United's top target in their pursuit of summer reinforcements.
According to skysports.com, the Frenchman has been identified by the Barclays Premier League champions as the ideal replacement for the recently retired Paul Scholes.
United had been linked with moves for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric and Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder to fill the void left by Scholes, but it would now appear that they want to bring Nasri to Old Trafford.
The likelihood of Nasri leaving Arsenal during the transfer window hinges on whether or not he decides to sign a new contract with the club.
Arsenal have made what they feel to be a generous offer to the 23-year-old, but he continues to hold out for a further wage increase, while he has openly flirted with United.
Should Nasri decline to extend his current Arsenal deal, then the north London club may be forced to cash in this summer should an acceptable offer be made - and United are said to be monitoring the situation with interest.
If United fail to land Nasri, then they are likely to turn their attentions back to Modric and Sneijder as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to add a creative spark to his midfield in order to accommodate the loss of Scholes.
However, the priority for United still remains the acquisition of a new goalkeeper, and Atletico Madrid youngster David De Gea remains the favourite to move to Old Trafford.