Manchester United missed out on one of La Liga's most promising starlets during the recent transfer window it seems, with reports suggesting that the Red Devils failed with a late swoop for Adama Traore.
According to recent speculation from Catalan daily newspaper Sport brought to our attention by talkSPORT, Barcelona starlet Traore has been on Manchester United's radar for quite some time, with the club said to have continued their attempts to prise him away from La Liga until the end of the summer.
The Premier League giants do not appear to have lost heart over this particular pursuit, either, with the same source suggesting that Van Gaal could return for the 18-year-old when the market re-opens once again in January.
Spanish winger Traore is one of many young talents attempting to make the grade at Barcelona, with the club's famous La Masia academy set to become even more important now that their transfer ban has been upheld following a busy summer of recruitment and a failed appeal.
The youth international - who has represented Spain at U16, U17 and U19 level - has only made one senior appearance in La Liga for Barcelona to date but featured regularly for their 'B' outfit last season in the Segunda División.
The last few days of the window turned out to be extremely busy for Manchester United, with the blockbuster signing of Argentine international Angel di Maria followed up on deadline day with the confirmed captures of versatile Ajax defender Daley Blind and Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.
Traore is not the only player that Van Gaal missed out on during recent months, however, with the experienced boss failing to achieve success in his protracted pursuits of Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho and feared Juventus enforcer Arturo Vidal.
If Traore were to join Manchester United during the winter, it is unlikely given their current embarrassment of attacking riches that he would get much of a look-in initially.
However, his pace and power could certainly prove to be an asset in the future if he continues to develop.