Manchester United appear to be eyeing a potential approach for Pep Guardiola, with reports from The Daily Telegraph suggesting that the club are set to make moves to check on his potential availability after the departure of David Moyes.
The Red Devils - who were crowned champions of the Premier League just a year ago - have suffered an abysmal 2013/14 campaign to date, with Moyes' reign lasting just 295 days following a comprehensive failure on his part to adequately replace the iconic figure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Speculation as to Moyes' eventual long-term successor at Old Trafford has been circulating intensely ever since the news of his exit was officially broken by Manchester United's official website on Monday morning, with Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal - a man who boasts a solid reputation in the European game after two spells as manager of his country as well as stints in charge at the likes of Ajax, Bayern Munich and Barcelona - believed to be in the running.
Before making an official approach to such a candidate, however, The Telegraph suggest that Manchester United are preparing to determine just whether or not Spaniard Guardiola could be tempted into departing Bayern Munich.
While a move for a man widely considered to be the best coach in the world at present may seem totally farfetched and hopelessly unrealistic, the same source further suggests that Guardiola - the former Barcelona supremo who only moved to the Bundesliga last summer after taking a sabbatical - may not be entirely happy at the Allianz Arena.
If Manchester United were indeed to go on and successfully prise the gifted Guardiola away from Bayern, it would obviously represent an enormous coup for the club.
A two-time Champions League winner, Guardiola - a fan's favourite with both club and country as a player, too - has been immensely successful during his relatively short managerial career to date and would represent a huge upgrade on the chronically disappointing Moyes.
Manchester United's chances of convincing Guardiola that his future lies at Old Trafford must surely still be considered remote, however, despite the potential for a substantial spending spree as the club seek to retain their top-four status.