Manchester United could pull out of a deal to bring Southampton starlet Luke Shaw to Old Trafford this summer, with Ajax ace Daley Blind now an alternative target.
As reported by The Daily Mail, the Red Devils won't be held to ransom by the Saints over a potential deal for the England international, despite some reports suggesting the club have agreed a contract with the youngster. United have been linked with a move for the full-back for a long period of time, but it remains to be seen as to whether they can tie up a deal for his services.
Reports have indicated that the Old Trafford outfit have made a £27 million offer for the Southampton man, who is currently with England on World Cup duty. At just 18-years-old, the youngster could star at the Theatre of Dreams for many years to come.
If United are unable to land Shaw, then the Red Devils hierarchy could move ahead with a bid to land Ajax full-back Blind. The 24-year-old may well be six years Shaw's senior, however would arrive at a cheaper price.
Blind, who is currently starring under new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal for the Dutch national side, has been rated at just £12.5m. The defender has impressed in the Brazil tournament over the last week, and could still head to Old Trafford this summer.
If Van Gaal does land Shaw or Blind this summer, then either star will have to battle with Frenchman Patrice Evra for a place in the United first team for the 2014/15 campaign.
Evra was set to run out of contract at the Theatre of Dreams before signing a new one year deal with the club. At 33-years-old, United may look to take some of the pressure off Evra for the up coming campaign.
Manchester United certainly look set to have a new defensive look under Van Gaal. Experienced duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic departed the Old Trafford outfit at the end of the last campaign.
The Red Devils still have the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans competing for the centre-back positions.
United fans will certainly be hoping for better in the 2014/15 campaign. The Red Devils had a season to forget under David Moyes last term as they only managed to secure a seventh placed Premier League finish.
However, with signings expected and a new man in charge, United will be looking to return to the summit of England's elite division in the near future.