Former Manchester United manager David Moyes would have tried to bring Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba back to the club had he kept his job.
The club were recently quoted £60m when they asked how much it would cost them to bring the France international back to Old Trafford two years after his acrimonious departure, the Guardian have reported.
Moyes, who was sacked in April after the club's dismal attempt to defend their Premier League crown, has since suggested he would have attempted to pair the Frenchman in midfield with Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos, who the Scot spent the final months of his tenure trying to bring to Old Trafford.
"If it were possible, I would have tried to bring him back to Manchester United," Moyes wrote in the Sunday Times of Pogba, after describing the 21-year-old as "the next Yaya Toure."
"He has flourished in Serie A since joining Juve at the age of 19 but that has been no surprise to those who worked with him at Old Trafford. "
Although he will not begin his duties at Old Trafford until after Netherlands' World Cup campaign, Louis van Gaal has wasted little time in leaving his own print on the club. Shortly following his arrival the Dutchman ordered the club to abandon their pursuit of Kroos, one initially prompted by Moyes.
Of the midfielder, the Scot wrote: "It is no secret that I had put a lot of groundwork into signing (Kroos) for Manchester United. What I like about Kroos is that he plays the ball to penetrate, he doesn't do passing for passing's sake."
Van Gaal has reportedly made Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman a target despite the Dutchman currently being sidelined with a broken leg. Although Kroos is no longer in his thinking, the United boss is weighing up an offer for Pogba and both he and the club believe his £60m price tag quoted by Juventus is justified, given his age and burgeoning talent.
However, it remains to be seen whether the club will pursue the Frenchman, with some reservations existing over his attitude given the falling out that saw him leave Manchester for just £800,000 in 2012.