Jose Mourinho has publicly encouraged Ed Woodward to speed up his delivery of a third Manchester United signing and you can see why.
The Portuguese wanted four players this summer and has two, but deals for Ivan Perisic and Nemanja Matic are moving slower than treacle.
Inter Milan have proven to be unbearably difficult in their negotiations for Perisic, demanding around £50m, while Antonio Conte has reneged on selling Matic to Old Trafford after seeing Jose Mourinho sign Romelu Lukaku.
Perhaps United, in response, ought to break the bank for a couple of players set to be on the move this year: Marco Verratti and Alexis Sanchez.
The Italian has been open to a move elsewhere for some time and his recent hiring of Mino Raiola – whose clients include Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku – has rendered a move to Old Trafford suddenly very possible. Raiola profited enormously from selling a midfielder to United last year and may feel inclined to do the same again.
Sanchez, on the other hand, could be more difficult: the winger desperately wants to leave the Emirates and has been linked with Paris Saint Germain, but the possibility of Arsene Wenger selling to Mourinho feels slim.
That said, with just over a month to go until the window shuts, this is the time to make big statements, and with United still keen to find a winger there aren’t many better options.