Manchester United are set to make a £25m play for Tottenham Hotspur target Miralem Pjanic in the January transfer window as the Premier League champions look to seriously bolster their squad.
Pjanic was one of Spurs' big targets throughout the summer with the 23 year old starring for Roma over the 2012-13 season. But the Italian side fought hard to keep the young star as Tottenham purchased Erik Lamela for a club record fee close to £30m.
But while Roma are hoping to hold onto Pjanic in the next transfer window should United come in with a £25m bid as has been speculated in Gazzetta Dello Sport, the Serie A leaders would certainly be tempted to part with the Bosnia international.
While Pjanic was an important part of Roma's line-up last season he was only able to help the side to a sixth place finish, missing out on European football by four points.
The lure of Champions League football will no doubt help United in their pursuit of Pjanic but they will certainly need to recover from their poor start to the season if they are to attract the big talent that Sir Alex Ferguson did in his time with the club.
At the start of the month Pjanic insisted that he wasn't looking for an exit from Roma, telling reporters: "I never had the intention of doing anything other than having another season here (during the summer). I want to repay the coach and the club for the confidence they've shown in me. I feel good at Roma."
But if United are willing to spend big this could be the one that got away for Tottenham who are also believed to be considering a host of midfield and attacking players to improve their own options in the January transfer window.