Manchester United may still win their 20th league title this season, despite the dramatic 4-4 draw with Everton on Sunday, but it is clear that the squad needs reinforcing if it is to continue to hold off the challenge of Manchester City at home, while also challenging the best on the continent.
It is no surprise then that the rumor mill has been full of stories linking United to some high-profile talent in the past few days.
The newest name to be added to a long list of purported United target's is Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelandic midfielder has been a revelation since moving on-loan to Swansea from Hoffenheim in January and there now seems to be a long list of big clubs circling the 22-year-old.
Reports state that United scout Martin Ferguson along with representatives from Liverpool and Everton all watched Sigurdsson in action against Bolton on Saturday, according to the Daily Mirror.
The former Reading man, who has scored seven goals in 15 appearances for Swansea, would command a fee of £10million ($16m), according to the Mirror.
If Sigurdsson would appear an attainable, if a somewhat unlikely target for United, the reverse is true of another player linked to the club of late--Mesut Ozil.
Caught Offside has suggested that the Real Madrid star is set to be the number one transfer target at Old Trafford this summer. While it is true that United was interested in the German attacking midfielder when he left Werder Bremen in 2010, there are few clubs in world soccer who would not want the stylish 23-year-old.
The question is, why would Real sell? It would take a preposterous amount of money to even temp Los Blancos into a deal. And with Ozil having brilliantly set-up Cristiano Ronaldo's winner in El Clasico on Saturday, his stock at the Bernabeu has arguably never been higher.
A more realistic United target, though another who appears unlikely to be rolling up in Manchester come the summer, is Luis Muriel. The Colombian forward, on-loam at Lecce from Udinese has been linked with a move to United and Arsenal in recent weeks.
But in the past few days, the 21-year-old's agent has said that his client's immediate future lies with his parent club.
There are many rumors about English and Italian clubs but I have not had formal contact with any club, said Mauro Cesarini to Gazzetta dello Sport, according to the Daily Mail.
I think he needs to mature a year and his immediate future should be the Udinese, although the club will have the last word.
Equally as important as the players United bring in this summer could be securing the future of a huge talent already at the club. Young midfielder Paul Pogba has caused the club much consternation in recent months as he and his agent have flirted with Juventus, while failing to sign a new deal at Old Trafford.
It seems like there may finally be some concrete news on the player's future soon, however, with the Manchester Evening News reporting that United hop to announce a four-year-deal with the player this week.
We've agreed a deal with his agent, said Ferguson. It's now down to the boy. I think he's about to make his decision soon.
He knows what the qualities United have got to offer. He knows his future is guaranteed here. He's going to be an outstanding footballer, there's no question about that.
While much of the press reports on the story have focused on the financial side of the negotiations, it appears that an equally important factor has been Pogba's desire for first-team soccer.
With Ferguson's continued endorsement of the 19-year-old's ability to make a big impact at United, as well as him featuring more regularly in the first-team squad before his injury, it is hoped that Poga will be convinced of his future prospects at the Premier League leaders.
One amusing tidbit from the soccer world on Monday is Nicklas Bendtner's assertion that he would love to play for United manager Sir Alex Ferguson one day, according to Tribal Football.
The Dane is on-loan at Sunderland from Arsenal and, while there is no suggestion that United would be interested in the striker, his comments are unlikely to go down well with Ferguson's long-time rival Arsene Wenger.
How many millions would I have to pay him to be allowed to come and play for him before he retires? Bendtner said.
Well, we can joke about it but Sir Alex is a true legend as a manager. Respect from the bottom of my heart for everything he has achieved and for what he has done for football in general. There is only one way and that is the Fergie way.