Manchester United's move for Yevhen Konoplyanka looks considerably more difficult now they have been joined by the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal in the race to sign him.
According to ESPN, the Old Trafford club are very keen on the Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk star but will face a transfer battle with the Ligue 1 big-spenders and their Premier League counterparts from Emirates Stadium. The 24-year-old has impressed for Ukraine and Dnipro in European competition over the last few seasons, but his club's wealth has meant they could resist a move up to now.
However, it appears as though Konoplyanka is ready to move on and was reportedly close to a move to Liverpool in the January transfer window. The ESPN report would suggest Brendan Rodgers may be looking elsewhere as Manchester United are in poll to sign the talented playmaker, who has a £12million buy-out clause in his contract.
Holland manager Louis van Gaal will take over at Old Trafford once the Netherlands' involvement at World Cup 2014 is over and he is expected to embark on a significant rebuilding process. David Moyes was sacked near the end of last season after a dismal campaign that saw the Red Devils finish seventh in the Premier League and the squad garner intense criticism.
Manchester United's wealth means they have the ability to challenge most teams in the bidding stakes, but even their resources struggle to match up with that of PSG and their Qatari owners. The French club have been splashing the cash on a number of big name stars and don't appear to be stopping any time soon, despite receiving sanction from UEFA for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.
Arsenal are another team credited with an interest in the report and while they now have much greater spending power after a number of new sponsorship deals came into play, they are unlikely, perhaps even unwilling, to go toe-to-toe with either of the other two clubs should it come down to a bidding war. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is another who is expected to make significant additions to his squad, as he looks to build on the momentum of the club winning the FA Cup.