As deadline day approaches, Manchester United are getting more and more desperate to make moves in the transfer market.
Manchester United talk the talk, but are yet to walk the walk in the transfer market this summer, and fans are rightly worried.
An opening day defeat to Swansea City has intensified debate over what may come next, and chief executive Ed Woodward is under growing pressure partly of his own making.
We saw last summer how leaving it late can cause the club to panic buy and overpay for players, see Marouane Fellaini, so what are the chances of it happening again?
Here are three World Cup stars who it is conceivable to see the Red Devils blow £100 million on, for better or worse:
Ron Vlaar - £15 million
Central defender Ron Vlaar was a surprise top performer at the World Cup, and has subsequently been linked with a move away from Aston Villa all summer. The Dutchman is a player Louis van Gaal trusts considerably, and is arguably a better option than Thomas Vermaelen was. Paying £15 million for him would be over the odds, but United may have to bite the bullet. He would provide steadiness to a back line high on potential but low on experience.
Daley Blind - £25 million
Another Dutchman from Van Gaal's Netherlands side, United would be paying way over the odds in splashing out £25 million on the Ajax man, but it would not be a surprise to see the figures, already being talked about at £20 million, continuing to rise. Blind is capable of playing in defensive midfield as he did in the Eredivisie last season, and covering at left-back, and would be a shrewd addition.
Angel di Maria - £60 million
This is the big one - the top star United have been linked with of late, Angel di Maria. Real Madrid are holding out for over £50 million, and as the deadline nears, the Red Devils hand will weaken. Di Maria is an outrageously talented winger, but whether he will take his form of 17 La Liga assists last season into the Premier League is uncertain. He is a player who can frustrate as much as excite, and could easily be under early pressure if he does not adapt instantly, just look at the harsh criticism doled out to Mesut Ozil last season.
If United spent £100 million on the trio, it would certainly strengthen the squad, and add flair to the side with Di Maria. Blind would be a massively underrated signing - if highly priced, who could turn out to be the best of the bunch. There would still be a big hole in central midfielder in terms of a dynamic box-to-box player like Arturo Vidal, but United may just have missed the boat on the Chilean by dithering.
Signing the three players would give all around the club a big lift, and while they would probably not be enough to see United mount a serious and sustained push for the Premier League title this season - their chances of finishing in the top four would be boosted considerably.