Manchester United have tossed their almighty hat into the Miralem Pjanic ring, which is growing dangerously overpopulated with disregarded headgear.
The Roma playmaker is subject of continent-wide interest, with clubs great and small keen on his services.
Liverpool has been the name most commonly mentioned in relation to bringing the Bosnian to the Premier League, with the Reds apparently regarding Pjanic as a potential Steven Gerrard replacement.
If the Anfield club are serious about securing his signature, it’s reported they must now compete with Man Utd, who also want to bolster their midfield this pre-season.
Liverpool have received an unlikely boost in this particular transfer tussle in the shape of Red Devil’s string-puller Ander Herrera and his scintillating spring form.
The Spaniard has more than doubled his tally for the season in the previous two months, scoring four goals since mid-February.
Two came against Aston Villa in his second-to-last appearance, while he weighed in with one of his four assists in the game prior against Liverpool.
After an injury-hit start to his Old Trafford career, the 25-year-old’s stature continues to rise within the Red Devils’ ranks and this is reflected in his stats recorded across the last three games.
In the 4-2 spanking of neighbours Manchester City last time Herrera weighed in with two key passes and an outfield high of seven successfully landed long balls.
He enjoyed 69 touches of the ball in the game and used them to record an 84.6% pass accuracy.
While these are impressive figures, they fall some margin short of those he turned in against Villa.
The former Atheltic Bilbao ace scored a match-winning brace in the 3-1 success, but he was also sparkling in possession with a staggering 95.9% pass accuracy from 98 attempts to locate a teammate.
This match followed another superb showing on Merseyside, where he laid on the decisive goal for Juan Mata in a 2-1 win over Liverpool.
Should he continue in this vein, there’ll be no need for Louis van Gaal to augment his creative department as reports indicate he is planning on doing.
Pjanic, who has made ten more league starts than Herrera this term, only has two more assists to his name, while his goal-count is identical.
Based on this, the Bosnian shaman can’t be considered much of an upgrade on his Basque counterpart, if any at all and United would be best served leaving him to Liverpool.