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."
Interestingly, 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."