As transfer moves go it would be one of the boldest Manchester United could make this summer, but it could just be one of the smartest.
One of the best players on the market at present is Keisuke Honda, the Japan international ace could be bought for as little as £5 million from CSKA Moscow as his current contract expires in December.
Italian giants AC Milan have been linked with a move, as well as a few Premier League clubs loosely, with the player's future now expected to be decided shortly with his Confederations Cup involvement over.
Honda shone at the tournament, as bright as Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa, and if David Moyes was to bring the two of them together it could be a stroke of genius.
Moyes was said to have monitored Honda while at Everton, and if he signed the attacker then it could just see him get the best out of Shinji Kagawa who by his own admission had a mixed debut season.
The pair already have a near telepathic understanding on the pitch, and with the World Cup under a year away would relish the chance to play together.
How much United need Honda however, rests on one man - Wayne Rooney. The Englishman's future is currently uncertain, but if he remains it's unlikely the club would splash out on another attacking midfielder even at such a bargain price.
If United elect to move him, there may just be a squad opening, for an unassuming professional like Honda who would not cause half the unrest Rooney would if he is rotated out of the team.
Honda at 27 has plenty to offer, and recently admitted a desire to prove himself in English football. By making the bold move, United would likely turn a big profit from the sale of Wayne Rooney, with only a portion to be spent on Honda's fee.
This could of course be put towards another special player. A Ronaldo fund if you will...
What do you think? Should United consider signing Honda and selling Rooney?
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