The rumours regarding William Cavalho refuse to go away, with the latest suggestions indicating a £35million summer deal is more or less complete.
William, who has been touted as a prime target for months, will reportedly sign a five-year-deal with last season's champions, who will fork out a stunning £35million to snare the highly-coveted Portugal international.
The deal will not be formally ratified until the opening of the summer transfer window, but it marks a significant first step in David Moyes' summer recruitment plans as he looks to conduct a mass overhaul of a floundering squad which have plummeted from first to seventh, and face the prospect of no Champions League football next term.
Although William arrives at Old Trafford hoping to signal a new era of United success, the fee represents a huge outlay for a 22-year-old midfielder who has no Champions League experience and it remains to be seen just how big a chunk of Moyes' summer budget it will prove.
The Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder, though, is set to earn a place in the Portugal squad for the World Cup this summer and therefore represents a huge coup for United, as well as the alleged interest in the imposing midfield man from Real Madrid, Monaco, Liverpool and Inter Milan.
United are also said to be eyeing Bayern Munich's contract rebel Toni Kroos, Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, Benfica's Ezequiel Garay and Southampton duo Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana.