Manchester United and Louis van Gaal are reportedly close to agreeing terms, with only the futures of Ryan Giggs, and the rest of the Class of '92 to iron out.
An announcement is now expected confirmed the Dutchman next week, write The Mail. But discussions are so advanced, that Van Gaal is reported to have decided on his initial transfer targets already.
The Guardian write that his visit from chief executive Ed Woodward resulted in him agreeing upon five major transfer targets, who are as follows.
The Bayern star came to prominence under Van Gaal at Bayern, and remains a key contributor in Pep Guardiola's side, with 13 goals and 10 assists. He has found himself benched at times this season, but United would have to offer a huge amount to persuade Bayern to sell.
Van Gaal will manage Robben at the World Cup, as he has done for Bayern previously, and there's no doubting he would transform United's options out wide. However, Robben signed a new contract as recently as last month, taking him up until 2017.
The third Bayern player on the list, Kroos was a target even under David Moyes. Kroos' contract runs out next summer, and the chance to join former boss Van Gaal should make his decision even tougher. Bayern have previously said they do not wish to sell.
Shaw is expected to be the first name in at Old Trafford, with reports claiming United will sanction a renewed £30 million offer as soon as Van Gaal is appointed. The Southampton left-back and England international would replace Patrice Evra at the club.
The Borussia Dortmund centre-back would fill arguably United's greatest position of need, with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic's summer exits confirmed. Van Gaal's former club Barcelona are also interested in Hummels, who would also cost in the region of £30 million.
There are a few notable omissions from the list, most prominently Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho. Reports linking him with a switch to United have quietened since Moyes' sacking, and he could follow his Sporting boss to Monaco. Also absent from the list are Serie A duo Kevin Strootman and Arturo Vidal, with who United have both been linked with approaches for in recent days.
Van Gaal surely knows he will be fortunate to get one, let alone three of his Bayern targets, perhaps all three combined would cost £100 million. The sheer calibre of targets, combined with Van Gaal's reputation as one of the best coaches in world football should give United fans a positive outlook heading into a potentially very busy summer.