Contrasting claims continue to emerge from Manchester United, as manager Sir Alex Ferguson suggested yet again that he was close to concluding his summer dealings while club chief executive David Gill say otherwise.
Despite Ferguson's claims, he is expected to make a move in the transfer market as he is yet to replace the retired Paul Scholes in midfield. After a week in which links to Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder was denied, due to the financial consequences of the move, Ferguson suggested that he would look to his available squad for Scholes' replacement. However, with a little over a month remaining in the transfer market, there is enough time for new purchases.
Chief executive Gill, while admitting that no discussions were ongoing, also confirmed the possibility of a new signing.
"We are looking at one more player to bring in," Gill told MUTV. "Nothing is happening and nothing is imminent but we will see what happens when we get home. There will still be 31 days of the transfer window to see if anything develops. The important point to understand, and Alex has made clear, is that we need someone who is going to improve the quality of the squad.
"We have a great squad and to get into that squad you need to be a world class player. If you can't get the players you want, there is no point buying someone for the sake of it.
"But you never know. There is often movement in August. I am not saying I am working on anything specific because I'm not, but that situation could change quickly when we get back to Carrington."
And it seems Gill is right in 'assuming' more signings are to follow. AS Roma forward Mirko Vucinic is believed to be "very close" to becoming a Manchester United, according to his agent. The Montenegro international was widely touted to join Juventus after handing in a transfer request to Roma, but his agent's claim suggests an imminent move to the Premier League.
"We are very close to Manchester United," agent Alessandro Lucci told LaSignoraInGiallorosso. "The meeting was yesterday and there were no formal offers, but the English club made it clear they very much appreciate Mirko. We will know more in the next few days."
The Telegraph has interpreted Gill's above statement as the confirmation of the prospect of a renewed bid for Sneijder. Having spent £48.3 million in signing Phil Jones, Ashley Young and David De Gea, United are yet to fill the vacancy left by Scholes' retirement and that area remains key if they're to match up to Barcelona in Europe and retain the Premiership. Sneijder's weekly earnings of £190,000 per week and transfer fee of £35 million are considered excessive by United and it remains to be seen whether they'll carry on with any deal.
Finally, Caughtoffside.com has reported that Sir Alex is going in for a triple swoop of Brazilian youngsters as he looks to build latest generation of talent.
The most prominent of the three is Ganso , who has already established a place in the national squad and the creative midfielder could be the replacement for Scholes, despite being just 20. The Santos star helped the club to Copa Libertadores last month and along with Neymar has been linked with a move to Europe all summer.
At 16, Flamenco star Adryan is the youngster of the trio but has lighted up in the radar after scoring 8 times in 14 matches for the Under 17 national side. Despite his tender age, Europe's giants are known to be tracking him, including Champions League winners Barcelona.
Finally, Sao Paulo star Lucas, 18, is a regular at the club, and with four national caps to his name, was one of FIFA's Players to Watch in 2011. In fact, United have already made a testing-the-water approach for the midfielder.