Manchester United's recruitment strategy has been under real scrutiny of late.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed to see his side to an impressive end of season run that saw the Red Devils finish the Premier League season in third place.
After a gradual rebuild over the 12 months previous that had seen them sign the likes of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Bruno Fernandes, the hope was that this summer would see them kick on again.
With rivals Liverpool and Manchester City running away with the league in recent seasons, the incentive was there for United to crack on.
Unfortunately for supporters that didn't happen.
Donny van de Beek was the only major signing before deadline day after arriving from Ajax.
While deals to sign Alex Telles, Edinson Cavani, Abdou Diallo and Facundo Pellistri were eventually completed, they've left supporters and pundits alike less than impressed with their recruitment strategy.
Such signings indicated a real lack of long-term planning, but according to reports it seems that Ed Woodward may have already learned his lesson.
The Mirror are claiming that United are already putting plans in place for next summer as they target a move for Dayot Upamecano.
The RB Leipzig man is regarded as one of the top defenders in Europe and has been previously linked with a number of top clubs on the continent.
It's been claimed that the German side have been commanding a fee of around £70million to sell their star man this summer, however a release clause now means that he could be available for a knockdown fee.
The report states that Upamecano would be available for just £38million next summer - a fee that has put United on high alert.
GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...
Manchester United have had a shocker in the transfer market this year - there's no debate about that.
But this report certainly suggests that they may have learned from the error of their ways.
Valued at £54m by Transfermarkt, Dayot Upamecano is a top quality player who deserves to be playing at the highest level.
That is why Manchester United should be doing everything that they can to sign him.
A move would have been far too costly this summer, but it seems that things could be completely different next year.
If Ed Woodward can move quickly and trigger his release clause before any of their rivals then the Red Devils have an excellent chance to get this deal wrapped up.
That would suggest a major improvement in how they operate - something that would instil a level of support in their recruitment policy from the fans.
If they don't do that and the players ends up signing elsewhere then I'm sure that the finger will be pointed firmly at the club's hierarchy, and rightly so.
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