Manchester United manager David Moyes has made it clear that he wants to bring in a central midfielder this summer.
With less than a week to go until the transfer window slams shut, the former Everton boss is running out of time to appease Manchester United's fanbase by bringing in at least one high-profile signing.
Sir Alex Ferguson may have been able to get away with failing to bring in a big-name over the course of a summer transfer window, but Moyes is a different kettle of fish.
He needs to make a point to his fans, rival supporters and his own players that he is capable of attracting world-class players to Old Trafford.
That is why I think Moyes should do his utmost to sign Roma's Daniele De Rossi.
The Italian would slot in nicely alongside Michael Carrick in Manchester United's engine room. The 30-year-old had been linked with a summer move to Chelsea earlier this summer, but that deal has since gone quiet.
De Rossi would provide the strength, creativity and dynamism that United are missing in their squad.
Tom Cleverley and Nick Powell may be able to do that specific job in the future but they are nowhere near the standard of De Rossi.
The Italian international has an astonishing 91 caps for his country, an outstanding achievement given the fact he had to compete with the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso in his earlier days.
Manchester United fans know all about De Rossi as the midfield maestro played against the Red Devils six times between April 2007 and April 2008 in the Champions League.
It was De Rossi who scored Roma's only goal in Manchester United's emphatic 7-1 win over the Italian giants and it was the 30-year-old who gave his all until the final whistle.
De Rossi said earlier this month that he would only leave his beloved Roma to sign for a side outside of Serie A, which would mean his future is far from certain.
It is rumoured that De Rossi would be available for around £10million due to his age and high wage demands.
A £10million fee for a player of his calibre would prove a good bit of business for Moyes and Manchester United, as he would finally end the Red Devils' need for a world-class midfielder.
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