Manchester United splashed the cash this summer in order to improve upon last season's seventh place finish, and new manager Louis van Gaal spent heavily on improving his midfield.
In came Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind for a combined £100m, and whilst Herrera is already being linked with an early exit, Blind and Di Maria have become key players for van Gaal.
They appear to be the future of the United midfield, and that spells trouble for Michael Carrick.
The 34-year-old has only just returned from injury, and with his contract set to expire next summer, Carrick admits that he wants to stay because he doesn't think anybody else would want him.
"My contract is up at the end of the season. I want to stay, of course. I've got nowhere else to go." said Carrick, who joined from Tottenham back in 2006.
However, there could yet be another option for the England international - and it would involve an emotional move to his boyhood club.
Carrick, born in the North East, was a huge Newcastle fan as a child, but the Magpies showed little interest in him before his move to West Ham United at the age of 16.
"Of course he was. I grew up as a Geordie, though – a Newcastle fan – so I didn't naturally take to Manchester United players," he admitted in 2012. "In the North East football almost exists in a bubble and it's hard to see outside of that."
Newcastle supporters have often wondered how they've never managed to land Carrick, but now they may be presented with the perfect opportunity.
With questions over the future of Cheick Tiote, Newcastle may well need to sign another holding midfielder, and bringing the experience of Carrick could be a smart move.
It would be a shame for Carrick to miss out on playing for his boyhood club, and the Magpies offer a better chance of first-team football over the next couple of years than Manchester United.
Newcastle could at least test the water with a bid in January, but if he becomes a free agent at the end of the season, they should be at the front of the queue for his services.