Robin van Persie is all but certain to leave Manchester United this summer, with a deal in place to sell the Dutch striker to Turkish behemoth Fenerbahce.
It would seem the Red Devils have opted to cash in on the former Arsenal man who has just a year left to run on his contract.
From a financial perspective, it’s a logical move, but in sanctioning the sale, the Old Trafford outfit are overcomplicating transfer matters, which judging by the pace they’ve been recruiting players at so far, appear to be tough enough as it is.
With Van Persie on the way out, Man Utd are now in a position where they must buy a centre-forward.
With Radamel Falcao sent back to Monaco upon the conclusion of his loan spell and Javier Hernandez sure to follow him down the road, Wayne Rooney and rookie James Wilson are the only recognised frontmen available to Louis van Gaal.
Van Persie may have struggled in United colours in the previous two seasons, but he remains a reliable source of double-figure goals that will need replacing.
Strikers capable of achieving such feats come at a premium and with a first-rate centre-back, holding-midfielder and, in all likelihood, a goalkeeper still to be sourced, this is surely a task busy Louis van Gaal could do without.
It’s not the first case of United adding to their own problems in the transfer market this summer either.
In Antonio Valencia and Rafael, they boast a pair of right-backs (or a makeshift right-back in the case of the former) who most teams would envy.
Both are more than capable of fulfilling the attacking and defensive demands of the position and, more importantly, the duo’s energy reserves are sufficient to thrive in Van Gaal’s fatigue-inducing, winger-less, 4-3-3 formation.
Rafael has, however, been made available for transfer according to widespread reports and Italian Matteo Darmian is close to being confirmed as his successor.
The Torino flier is undoubtedly superior to both Valencia and the outbound Brazilian in the right-back role, but his acquisition isn’t of the greatest importance when two capable players are already on the books and so many more problem areas need addressing.