Their pursuit was anything but breakneck, but Liverpool have unveiled little-known Atletico Madrid prodigy Javier Manquillo as their own on a two-year loan deal.
Despite their urgent need to acquire a left-back, the first full-back to join the Reds cause plays on the opposite side, where England international Glen Johnson does his business, along with a pair of potential-laden players in Martin Kelly and Jon Flanagan.
Should he impress at Anfield, however, Brendan Rodgers can give the club the green light to complete a permanent £5m deal at the halfway point of his two-year tenure, thus adding to their already rammed ranks of fledgling superstar right-backs.
But after featuring in only a handful of times under Diego Simeone last season for the La Liga winners, fans would be forgiven for not knowing a thing about what he’ll bring to their 11/1-rated title challenge.
Formerly a scholar of the Real Madrid academy, Manquillo switched allegiances to Los Blancos’ city foes and has been lauded for his energetic performances and blistering pace.
A willingness to get forward could be one of the reasons he struggled to dislodge incumbent number two Juanfran from Simeone’s stringent, disciplined defensive machine.
His adventurous nature is denoted through the fact 47.4 per cent of his passes in 2013/14 made were forwards, but as well as being a keen contributor to offensive phases of play, the 20-year-old is also adept when it comes to repelling opposition advances.
In his mere 270 league minutes on the pitch last term he attempted a sizeable 14 tackles, retrieving the ball ten times.
Liverpool fans needn’t read too much into Manquillo’s marginalisation in the Atleti first-team either; had the youngster not fractured a vertebrae in an aerial collision with Cristiano Ronaldo during Los Colchoneros’ Copa del Rey encounter with Real he surely would’ve played more football.
The injury ultimately ruled him out for the remainder of the club’s title-winning campaign.
Liverpool and their free-flowing framework appears perfectly suited to Manquillo’s style, who is poised to challenge Johnson for the mantle of first-choice Reds’ right-back this season.