Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira revealed shortly after the transfer window slammed shut that Manchester United made a £34m move for him on deadline day.
Manchester United have not confirmed Khedira's claims, but it seems unlikely that the German international would lie about a proposed move to the Premier League champions.
The Red Devils' move for Khedira seems even more realistic considering Manchester United were - and still are - crying out for a world-class central midfielder.
David Moyes ended up signing Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini for £27.5million, who has so far struggled to replicate the form he showed during his five-year spell at Goodison Park.
Manchester United have not had a solid, high-quality midfield enforcer since Roy Keane was dictating play back in the early 2000s.
Since then, the likes of Darren Fletcher, Tom Cleverley and Owen Hargreaves have tried to fill Keane's void - but have failed for a variety of reasons.
Fletcher has been the best candidate to be a mainstay in Manchester United's engine room alongside Michael Carrick, however the Scottish international has been sidelined due to a stomach illness.
Manchester United have to sign a top midfielder in January if they want to compete for the Premier League title - and Khedira may just be the man.
The 26-year-old publicly blasted the Spanish press in October as he felt that they were unfairly blaming him whenever Real Madrid lost.
He was also displeased with the La Liga side's decision to sell his international teammate Mesut Ozil to Arsenal.
His outburst suggests Khedira is far from happy at the Santiago Bernabeu, which could pave the way for Manchester United to renew their interest in the highly-rated midfielder in the coming months.