Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could make a move for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman in this transfer window, despite the player still being on the sidelines with an injury.
And, there's no doubt about it, Van Gaal should take the risk in this transfer window - and not wait until January. There's two huge reasons for it, too.
How likely is it that Roma are going to sell Strootman in January? If they've got the Dutchman back to his best, then why would they let him go half way through a season. After all, they'd find it extremely difficult to replace him in the January transfer window.
And, in the winter market, who knows where Manchester United will be at? The Red Devils' opening fixtures - on paper - don't look too bad. Of course, a defeat at home to Swansea just proves there's no easy fixtures in the Premier League, but the Red Devils can still get through this tricky period.
A period that they may struggle in, however, is the one between October 26 and November 22, when the club take on Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. By then, when United host Chelsea in late October, Van Gaal needs a settled team that are in the mix at the top of the table.
He can't afford to go into that run of fixtures with a struggling group. That's why bringing Strootman to the club before January makes sense. By then, it's likely he will be fit and firing again, and could prove a major coup for United.
United really are in desperate need. The likes of Marouane Fellaini, Darren Fletcher, Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Co. don't seem to have what it takes to help United get back to their best.
When Michael Carrick and Strootman - if signed - returns from injury, then suddenly Van Gaal has options in the centre of the park. Manchester United fans will be hoping that Spanish ace Ander Herrera quickly finds his feet after a difficult start, but Van Gaal can still solve one of his biggest dilemmas.
Strootman would fit in at United, too. And Van Gaal trusts him. After all, the Dutch boss changes his entire system at this summer's World Cup after he learned of Strootman's injury. The Roma star could play a box-to-box role at Old Trafford, and help get the likes of Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj into the game and ultimately supporting the strikers.
The Dutchman may not be Arturo Vidal, but he may actually prove a better signing than the Chilean. He may be injured for now, but in the next couple of months, he could become United's most influential player.
Manchester United fans: Do you agree? Should Van Gaal bring in Strootman, despite his injury? Have your say below!
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