Ed Woodward has been videoed in London as he seeks to finalise a move to Manchester United for Paulo Dybala.
Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has also been in the English capital to secure a total agreement for the deal, which would see Dybala join United and Romelu Lukaku head the other way.
Reports have suggested that, at the level of negotiations, almost everything has been agreed, meaning the only obstacle is whether Dybala actually wants to move.
The Big Man has been seen arriving in London ahead of further talks with Juventus officials as the two clubs work towards getting a move done.
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When you see Woody in the streets, phone inevitably to his ear, you know things are getting very real. With less than a week left of the transfer window, this is the time when things genuinely do happen.
In the case of United, we are on the precipice.
You could break the club’s transfer situation into two interpretive angles. The first, of course, is the fanaticism of the Dybala deal, the idea of signing one of football’s most successful Lionel Messi impersonators and dispensing with a player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t want to the tune of about £20m.
The second is, in a way, far more serious: deals for Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes. Two players who have been linked with United all summer. Two players who, truth be told, should have been the absolute priority from day one of the window, to the extent that no other players (like Dybala) should have been considered before both deals were done.
Just how much United will come out with on August 8 remains to be seen.