Manchester United are reported to have set a deadline to complete most of their summer business.
The Manchester Evening News claim that David Moyes has set a deadline to complete the majority of the club's summer transfer business.
So keen are they to avoid a repeat of last year's frantic deadline day dash, that the Red Devils want to tie up their top targets by June 12.
The paper report this also means telling key players whether they will stay or go, including top goalscorer Robin van Persie.
The report reads: "The club would not be drawn on names but M.E.N. Sport understands that Moyes has drawn up a list of targets and is looking to get his business done before the World Cup kicks off on June 12."
There are certainly positives if United can do so; last summer there was an agonising wait for the club to bring in anybody until over-paying for Marouane Fellaini on deadline day.
Getting key players in early will ensure they arrive in time for pre-season and David Moyes can spend as much time as possible working with them before the season kicks off.
The World Cup places a difficult strain on transfer deals, with key players often off-limits for several weeks due to wanting to focus on their national teams.
United's main target Toni Kroos recently spoke to say he felt no need to set a personal deadline to sort out his future, telling Kicker: "There is not a date on which it is to be decided... I want that I can concentrate fully on the World Cup."
This was not to say he wanted it sorted ahead of the tournament, simply that it would be a break from it, while the magazine speculated that he could use the World Cup to boost his star power and increase his earning potential.
This is the risk United run by not tying down a player ahead of the World Cup, as their price could rocket - while the flip side is injury could strike a recently signed player, although this is a risk they may just have to take.
The supposed transfer deadline is likely only to be wishful thinking on United's part, for their aim of doing all of their major business before the date face challenges.
It's hard to see United sticking to it rigorously. Should Kroos tell the club point blank he will assess his future after the tournament, David Moyes is hardly going to walk away and tell him he has missed the deadline.
Certainly however it will be key regarding United players such as Van Persie, as should United want to move him on, making a decision early will give them plenty of time to decide and make moves for potential replacements.
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