As Louis Van Gaal began his Manchester United era with an impressive 7-0 thumping of LA Galaxy, Ed Woodward has been doing the hard miles in search of players that could give United that extra edge as they look to get back on top of the English Premier League.
Arturo Vidal is back in the reckoning for United, with the Juventus midfielder the subject of a £39 million bid from Manchester United. A "FIFA Agent" has also give his opinion on the move suggesting the Chile international could be a Manchester United player next month.
Vidal is thought to be Van Gaal and Woodward's number one target, and the latter did suggest the club have vast resources to spend on the right players – so £39 million, or more if Juventus ask for a bigger offer – should not be a problem.
Van Gaal, after being named as the new United manager, has inevitably been linked with Dutch players, with Wesley Sneijder recently admitting it would be difficult for him to say no to a move to Old Trafford if his former Netherlands manager came calling.
However, his current club Galatasaray insisted they have no plans of selling the experienced midfielder, even if he might have a release clause of around €20 million in his current contract with the Turkish club.
"Sneijder has a €20m [£15.8m] release clause but that does not mean we want to sell him," Galatasaray president Unay Aysal was quoted as saying by the Daily Express.
"Nobody has made an offer that would activate his clause anyway. Sneijder has not reached an agreement for Manchester United, he has not signed for them, these rumours are not true."
The 30-year-old, rather than making a move to the English Premier League, could very well sign a new deal with Galatasaray. "Sneijder's agent has been in talks with us regarding a three-year contract extension," Aysal added.
While the Sneijder deal looks unlikely, another midfielder, whose side beat Van Gaal's Netherlands in the semifinals of the World Cup, could yet be a Manchester United player before the transfer window closes at the end of next month.
Angel Di Maria has been made available by Real Madrid following the captures of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez. Di Maria has been the subject of a lot of interest from Manchester United, but they face stiff competition from French side Paris Saint-Germain.
United, though, are keen to beat out competition from PSG, by making a move for the Argentina international once the jet-setting preseason tour of the USA is concluded. Di Maria is expected to interested clubs somewhere in the region of £40 million.
While United are battling for a player with PSG, they could yet grab one from the French club with Edinson Cavani revealing he could make a move away from the Parisians this summer.
Finally, Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has further played down Mats Hummels' move to Manchester United by saying he is ready to "eat a broomstick" if the Hummels to Manchester United story for £17 million turns out to be true.
Klopp about Hummels to Man Utd: "If that's not a bullshit story, I'll eat a broom stick" (via @SkySportNewsHD)
— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) July 22, 2014