Manchester United will try and sign Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez next summer, according to a respected Spanish football journalist.
United were linked with James before he joined Real in he summer of 2014, and Spanish journalist Jose Luis Sanchez claimed on local television that Louis van Gaal is "very interested" in pursuing a deal.
It had been thought that the Colombian might end up at Chelsea next year, as part of an exchange deal with Eden Hazard, but now it appears United want to hijack that deal.
Van Gaal's team have found goals hard to come by this season, and James has the creativity and flair to unlock even the tightest defences.
The forward enjoyed a promising first season at the Bernabeu, but injuries have disrupted his progress this term and he has found game time harder to come by this term.
There have been rumours that James has fallen out with manager Rafa Benitez, who is also understood to have a difficult relationship with Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos.
Elsewhere, Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez has claimed Manchester United are interested in signing him.
The Spaniard has enjoyed another good season at St James' Park, and has been linked with a move to United or Spurs during the past few months.
“There is truth in the talk about interest in me. It’s rewarding for me,” Perez told Radio Club Tenerife.
“There is much truth in the interest from Tottenham and Man United, but my place is at Newcastle.”
When Alex Ferguson later listed all the things that were wrong with Manchester United's first team when he took over in 1986, including the drinking culture, the lack of fitness and the ageing squad, he also recalled his grave concerns over the state of the club's youth system.