Manchester United remains keen to bring Kalidou Koulibaly to Old Trafford.
The 28-year-old Napoli midfielder is seen as the perfect partner for Reds skipper Harry Maguire on the back.
And despite having spent the past 12 months chasing Koulibaly – without joy – the Premier League team still regards him as his defensive priority.
Efforts to guarantee its services will intensify as soon as the summer window opens.
Koulibaly is aware of their interest and is open to the idea of a passage to England.
However, United know they are not alone in looking for Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are also on the hunt.
This makes Champions League football next season absolutely imperative if United were to seriously challenge that trio to sign Senegal.
Koulibaly will cost the best part of £ 90 million – yet Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that his impact on the Reds side will far outweigh the high price.
Boss Reds is also willing to make him the highest paid player at the club to complete the deal and compensate for a relatively quiet January window.
Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes signed for an initial commission of £ 47 million.
This could potentially go up to £ 68 million, depending on the add-ons.
United then went on loan with former Watford forward Odion Ighalo, 30, on loan for the rest of the season – following a staggering shock to the Nigerian to strengthen his exhausted attack options.
Solskjaer admitted after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with the Wolves his joy at Fernandes’ final landing.
“Bruno Fernandes will become a great footballer. Give it time and it will become a great addition for us. We left it deeper to put it on the ball and I thought he and Fred did very well.
“His behavior, his smile, everything in him is a push for everyone. He is a genuine boy, a great professional and he is a winner.
“Today we have seen glimpses of his character and we will see more and more.”