Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward held a meeting in France earlier this week to determine whether a £60m deal for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is on the table, according to The Guardian.
Woodward is pressing ahead with transfer plans for this summer despite United sacking David Moyes on Tuesday, with the search for top stars who can help dramatically change fortunes at Old Trafford high on the agenda alongside finding a new manager.
Cavani is at the very top of that list alongside Barcelona midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas, with United looking for more dynamism and physical presence in attacking positions.
United believe that they can persuade the Uruguay forward to take top billing in the Premier League rather than play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG for another season, with Woodward looking to move quickly by holding detailed discussions about Cavani's future in France at some point this week.
Widespread recruitment plans among United chiefs also include signing defensive reinforcements and a new energetic presence in midfield, but although they already have Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez on the books a star striker is also clearly on their shopping list.
Despite often being forced to play out wide Cavani's scoring stats for his first season at PSG are very impressive, with 23 goals in 42 appearances across all competitions.
The 27-year-old is available but if United are serious about completing a blockbuster summer deal one thing is for sure, they would have to smash a £37.1m transfer record set with the January purchase of Juan Mata to make the deal happen.