Manchester United are ready to offer out-of-favour striker Javier Hernandez to AC Milan as they look to beat Premier League rivals Arsenal to the signature of want-away defender Adil Rami next summer.
The 29-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the San Siro for many months after struggling to settle in Italy following his arrival from Valencia at the end of 2013.
And, according to The Express, Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal will give Rami an escape route from Serie 'A' with the opportunity to continue his career in the Premier League at Old Trafford.
It's not the first time that the France international has been rumoured to be on his way to England, though, with the Gunners having held a long-term interest in acquiring the player's signature.
Arsene Wenger is still on the lookout for defensive reinforcements at the Emirates Stadium after failing to replace former captain Thomas Vermaelen when he left for Barcelona during the summer.
However, the Arsenal manger is expected to prioritise strengthening his midfield department in January, and by the time the transfer window comes around again at the end of the season it might be too late for the north Londoners to renew plans to sign Rami.
Manchester United hope that the opportunity to recruit Hernandez - who is currently on loan at Real Madrid - will give them an advantage over Arsenal when it comes to negotiating with AC Milan, who have just lost the services of Fernando Torres after allowing him to rejoin Atletico Madrid for the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign.
Pippo Inazghi will obviously want to bring in a replacement for the Spaniard, and although Alessio Cerci is expected to arrive imminently, the £90,000-a-week Red Devils outcast is likely to be viewed as an attractive proposition from next season onwards.
Surplus to requirements
The Mexico international was allowed to leave the Theatre of Dreams after Van Gaal deemed him surplus to requirements, with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and James Wilson regarded as the Dutchman's four main striker options.
Once Hernandez's season-long stint at the Santiago Bernabeu comes to an end, he'll be looking for a new challenge, and will likely relish the chance to test himself in Italy with AC Milan, especially if regular action is going to be difficult to come by at Manchester United.