Manchester United are set to make their move for Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier after he was deemed surplus to requirements.
Despite his current predicament, after being left out of their pre-season tour of the United States, the Ivory Coast international is still considered one of Europe's finest right-sided defenders.
However, his disciplinary issues in the past at the Ligue 1 club may have swayed PSG head coach Unai Emery to opt for Thomas Meunier as new arrival Dani Alves' under-study at Parc des Princes.
Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho would consider Aurier as the ideal signing to challenge Antonio Valencia for a spot in his starting line-up, after admitting the current transfer market has been tough – even for one of the Europe's biggest clubs.
"I would not like to be in [chief executive] Ed Woodward's position negotiating because everything is really difficult," he told reporters ahead of United's first pre-season friendly against MLS side LA Galaxy.
"So maybe we don't get two, we get one, but we need one more to give us more options. We have players that belong to the squad, but cannot play for next few months, [Marcos] Rojo, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, if Zlatan stays.
"We are not happy with just Lukaku and Lindelof. We need more, we wanted four, so I would say 50 per cent of the job is done, but I don't want to say that because everything is so difficult."
With Aurier potentially making the switch to Old Trafford, the fourth arrival is reported to be Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, who has also been left out of his team's pre-season preparations.