Rarely have Manchester United gone into a new season with such an air of negativity surrounding the club.
Jose Mourinho is primarily responsible for that mood, bemoaning the £75million spent by Ed Woodward to bring in Fred, Diogo Dalot, and back-up goalkeeper Lee Grant.
Somewhere in between his haranguing by the media during his time at Real Madrid and the hyperinflation of the transfer market, the Special One's love for the game seemingly died.
It is going to take something spectacular to resurrect it at Old Trafford, with many bookmakers already predicting that Mourinho will not last the season.
The margin by which Manchester City won the league last term suggests some real game-changers are needed and yet, rumours linking United with the likes of Gareth Bale and Alex Sandro have proved to be just that - rumours.
There are just seven days of the English transfer window remaining, but one deal that does seem to be gathering pace is that involving Yerry Mina.
The centre-back had a poor first season at Barcelona and it is no secret that Ernesto Valverde is willing to dispense with him, especially as the imminent arrival of Arturo Vidal will stretch the number of non-EU players in the Blaugrana's squad.
That has left some United fans feeling a little underwhelmed by the prospect of signing the defender, but it is quickly becoming clear that there is concrete interest in him.
United are closing in
Indeed, Mundo Deportivo are now reporting that personal terms have effectively been agreed via the player's agent and all that remains is for Barcelona to accept a fee.
Lyon, Everton, Fenerbahce and Zenit St Petersburg have all expressed an interest but none of those destinations really grabbed Mina's attention.
There are just a few remaining sticking points before United can agree a deal with the La Liga champions.
Whereas Lyon and Everton were happy to include a buyback clause, United are saying no.
They are also quibbling over a €40million price tag, reminding Barcelona that they paid just €11.8m for Mina a year ago.
What has changed, of course, is that the 23-year-old had a decent World Cup, three goals out in Russia reminding everyone of the threat he poses from set pieces.
United have officials out in Catalonia as they attempt to wrap up negotiations.
If a deal is completed in the coming days, it would all but spell the end of links to Leicester's Harry Maguire and Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld, with Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, and Axel Tuanzebe all existing options at centre-back.
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