On Wednesday night David Moyes took it upon himself to go on a little scouting mission to Portugal - with many a player said to be in his viewfinder.
He was taking in Benfica v Porto - with the likes of Ezequiel Garay, Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando on his radar.
But it was another player who reportedly caught his eye.
According to journalist Duncan Castles it was Andre Gomes that impressed him most - and it is easy to see why.
But he would be fighting Liverpool for the player. In January they were said to be after the player to supplement an area of the pitch in which Brendan Rodgers is said to believe extra legs are needed.
The Portuguese midfielder, valued at around £12.4 million by the club, is wanted as an upgrade on Joe Allen and as cover for the injury prone Brazilian Lucas Leiva.
However it seems that Valencia are in pole position for his signature.
It came after he had his economic rights sold to a third party along with team-mate Rodrigo in January - a third party who are owned by Peter Lim - the Singaporean businessman regularly linked with a takeover of the Mestalla club.
However that takeover is becoming a protracted saga - and the availability of Gomes may be called into question this summer.
So it seems that United and Liverpool might be ready to battle it out for the 6ft 2ins technical maestro this summer.
Need a reminder of what it is that impressed Moyes - here is his winning goal…