In the latest transfer news, Liverpool can help Paris Saint-Germain finance a move for Real Madrid star Angel di Maria, thus keeping him away from United.
It is likely that player sales will be a mandatory requirement in order to ensure compliance with Financial Fair Play regulations and this could lead to either the permanent departure of Ezequiel Lavezzi or, at least, a season-long loan that will a: relieve PSG of Lavezzi's full wages and b: attract a bid for the luxury to sign a player of his calibre, albeit on a temporary basis.
This, of course, brings in Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers's club have long been reported admirers of Lavezzi and news that the 29-year-old attacker could be available may serve a dual purpose for Liverpool.
Not only would it strengthen the attacking options currently available to Reds boss Rodgers, with Lavezzi a player who scored nine goals from 47 attempts in Ligue 1 last term, it could also ensure that the club's regional rivals Manchester United are prevented from capturing one of the most talented players currently available on the summer market - di Maria.
"Obstacles abound but PSG are hopeful of progress this week over the transfer of Angel di Maria," wrote L'Equipe.
Paris Saint-Germain hope to reduce Real Madrid's expected €65 million price-tag that is currently attached to the Argentine, but they also have to ensure they are compliant with UEFA legislation over their finances and maximum in-house occupancy over non-EU players. They are currently at limit.
"Two clubs not affected by Paris's Financial Fair Play are Manchester United and Bayern Munich," the report noted, but went on to stress the option of loaning out, or selling, Lavezzi "to budget for di Maria - is his future club Liverpool?"