The Catalan press, Sport, have today reported on the shortlist of candidates who remain on Barcelona's radar, with Lukasz Piszczek of Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado (from Fiorentina) both intriguing the upper brass at Camp Nou.
While Barcelona may have more transfer market pull than Manchester United due to a: the presence of a superior squad and b: the lure of Champions League football, Sport note that it is actually United who have the upper hand as the Premier League club already "have an agreement with the player."
Considering the locale of the publication it is quite possible they have knowledge, or contacts with knowledge, of Barcelona's transfer intentions.
But the club will have to act fast if they are to gain the advantage in the race to sign versatile Fiorentina athlete Cuadrado, who would require an offer of at least €40 million to convince the Viola to do business.
Under Louis van Gaal's leadership, Manchester United have adopted a 3-5-2 formation and Cuadrado has been targeted in order to take on the right wing back role, mirroring the position of left-sided player Luke Shaw.
Barcelona, though, could also offer Cuadrado a similar role as they seek superior players to Dani Alves.
The agreement between Manchester United and Cuadrado is, nevertheless, quite a large exclusive for Sport to break but if van Gaal is to tie up the deal, he will need to agree terms with Fiorentina sooner, rather than later.