Manchester United would jump at the opportunity to sign Paris Saint Germain midfielder Marco Verratti in January.
According to French newspaper Le 10 Sport, the Premier League giants are exploring their options ahead of the winter window even after a busy summer of recruitment at Old Trafford.
And Louis van Gaal has not ruled out the possibility of swooping for Verratti should he become available at the right price. The €30m-rated Italy international has been linked with a return to Serie A and a move to the Bernabeu to link up with former-PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.
However, he recently signed a new contract tying him to the Parisian club until the summer of 2019 on an improved wage.
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That has reportedly done little to dent the interest of United, who are still struggling in the Premier League despite several high profile additions over the summer.
Van Gaal focussed the majority of his budget on attacking options, bringing in Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid and Radamel Falcao from Monaco on loan. Marcos Rojo has bolstered the defence, while the versatile Daley Blind can play the holding role or at full-back.
Verratti's agent spoke to the press earlier this season confirming his intention to stay at the Parc des Princes although he did hint that he considered leaving.
No club could afford Verratti in Italy
He want on to say that no club in Italy could afford to sign Verratti, given the price tag PSG would be able to command and his current wages at the big-spending Ligue 1 club.
Manchester United though, have the funds to buy almost anybody in the world - as evidenced by their reported interest in Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
They're paying Falcao huge wages for the duration of his season-long loan deal and reportedly have an agreement in place with Monaco to sign the forward permanently for around £35m if he impresses at Old Trafford.