Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has sent pulses racing after reportedly telling club insiders that their inability to sign Pedro from Barcelona will soon be forgotten.
Woodward, who has regularly been scorned by United fans since succeeding David Gill two years ago, is targeting one of Gareth Bale, Neymar or Thomas Muller, according to the Daily Mail.
He brokered the British record transfer for Angel Di Maria last season, as well as landing Radamel Falcao late in the window, and is pushing on with his attempts to land a superstar before the window shuts in a week's time.
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The 43-year-old has been busy this summer after landing Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian, Memphis Depay and Sergio Romero though is yet to find a resolution to the ongoing David de Gea saga nor the club's attacking frailties.
Woodward has never been one to aim low, often unsuccessfully choosing to pursue the likes of Bale and Sergio Ramos in the past, but two years into the job now needs to deliver a player capable of firing United back to the summit of English football.
Di Maria was thought to be that player when he traded the sunny shores of Madrid for the rainy cobbles of Manchester, but joined Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month after enduring a difficult debut campaign.
Depay has shown glimpses of the talent that convinced Louis van Gaal to snap him up as early as May, but question marks remain over Wayne Rooney as United's attacking spearhead.
Bale is the one that Van Gaal reportedly craves the most - the one player who he believes would truly kickstart the new era, but Real are unlikely to do business given the Red Devils' reluctance to gift them De Gea.
Elsewhere, talks of a megadeal for Neymar have surfaced in recent days, and while any stories should be taken with a pinch of salt, the Guardian have reported the Brazilian may be open to a move to the Premier League. It remains to be seen, though, whether Barcelona would be willing to part with their Brazilian prodigy, especially given their transfer ban.
In terms of Muller, United have already done business with Bayern Munich for Schweinsteiger, rendering the chances of Pep Guardiola parting with Muller remote given his importance to the side and his love for Bavaria.
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