Ambitious Swansea City have made Manchester United No2 Ryan Giggs a top target in their search for a new manager to succeed sacked Garry Monk.
At the same time, United boss Louis van Gaal has identified Everton's John Stones as a priority summer transfer target, with the club prepared to break the £42m world record fee for a defender in order to sign the England centre-half.
Swansea's interest in Giggs will add to the air of uncertainty at Old Trafford following United Champions League exit and mounting fan dissatisfaction with van Gaal's style of management.
It could force the 42-year-old former Welsh international to seek earlier than anticipated indications from the United hierarchy as to their future intentions for him.
Giggs, keen to become a manager in his own right, is widely regarded as a leading candidate to succeed Van Gaal. But there have been no guarantees and with former Real Madrid and Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti this week expressing an interest in the United job, Giggs could be tempted by any Swansea offer.
Van Gaal, meanwhile, gives the impression of digging in, having drawn up his recruitment plans for next season and there is a determination to fend off anticipated interest from Chelsea in order to sign Stones.