In light of Dani Alves’ latest comments, it’s now abundantly clear the Barcelona full-back has set his compass towards the Premier League and Old Trafford should be his chosen destination.
Naturally the claims Alves desires a switch to English football will have plenty of the Premier League’s top clubs sizing up offers for his services.
After all, there are few greater exponents of attacking full-back play than Barca’s long-term right-sided raider, 31.
Rumours which bubbled in the summer strongly linked the Brazilian with a move to Liverpool.
As a result, it’s the Reds who have been installed as the 2/1 favourites with bWin to have him playing for them by the time September 2, 2015 rolls around.
However, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that Manchester United, a 4/1 chance to sign the former Sevilla man, would be the better bet and the better choice for the player himself.
Liverpool may have begun the season in a muddle, but Brendan Rodgers now has three potential starters for the right side of defence, having tied down Atletico Madrid’s Javier Manquillo on a two-year loan deal.
The Spaniard has slotted straight into the team, but both Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan will be applying pressure to the position when fit.
Meanwhile, Louis van Gaal does have Rafael de Silva as a natural first choice, but aside from the Brazilian, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are both arguably better employed as centre-haves.
Once the current defensive injury problems have been relieved, LVG may well return to a 3-5-2 formation and if anyone in world football is more adept than Alves in a wing-back role they’ll probably be the best on the planet bar none.
With Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo vying for the left-sided berth it makes sense that LVG balances the books with two specialist right-sided full-backs, especially if the Champions League arrives back on the menu in 2014/15.