Manchester United are running the risk of another traumatic transfer window of uncertainty if they appoint Louis Van Gaal as their new manager.
According to The Guardian, the 62-year-old Dutchman is their first-choice target, even though he won't be available until after the World Cup this summer.
Van Gaal is currently appointed as head coach of Holland's national team, and would only arrive at Old Trafford as successor to the recently sacked David Moyes in time for pre-season.
After last summer's debacle which saw Manchester United and Moyes miss out on a host of high-profile targets, the club will want to ensure that history doesn't repeat itself ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
However, with senior club officials determined to give their new manager the final decision on transfers, it would mean that with Van Gaal the earliest any prospective player deal could be finalised is in mid-July.
That situation will hardly be ideal as the Red Devils plan for a major overhaul of the first-team squad, with a number of players expected to leave upon the expiry of their contracts this summer.
Numerous players have already been linked with possible moves to Manchester United, but those individuals were identified by former manager Moyes, and the new man in place is likely to have contrasting opinions.
Interim manager Ryan Giggs has been placed in temporary charge for the remainder of the season, but it's not thought that he'll have any input in the recruitment drive that has been anticipated.