Manchester United were forced into a panic-buying deadline day, bringing in five new recruits in the closing hours of the summer window.
Edinson Cavani was one of those new arrivals, joining on a free following his PSG exit.
It turns out the Uruguayan could have actually arrived at Old Trafford in 2014, when David Moyes had the chance to sign him from Ligue 1.
The Scot has made it public knowledge that his top targets weren't brought in during his Red Devils stint.
So who else did Moyes unfortunately miss out on United during his ill-fated short spell in charge?
As mentioned, Cavani was a top target for United six years ago.
Former boss Sir Alex Ferguson reached out to enquire about the striker for his successor Moyes.
The Daily Mail reported in 2014 that the former United boss spoke to then PSG manager Laurent Blanc, who used to play at Old Trafford, to ask if the striker was available.
Moyes was interested in the player and was happy to use his predecessor's contacts to try and secure a deal.
But Blanc informed his former boss that Cavani wasn't for sale.
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Another Fergie special came a year earlier when he tried to secure Thiago Alcantara.
Ferguson reportedly lined up a £17million move for the player, who was 22 years old at the time, but when the Scot retired his compatriot Moyes vetoed it.
“[Thiago] asked his agent (Pep [Guardiola]’s brother) to get him a transfer from Barcelona to #MUFC,” football expert Guillem Balague posted on Twitter.
“David Moyes decided he was not a player for him at United. Thiago could not believe it and being in Munich to sing the contract to join Pep’s team, asked his agent to ring MUFC again.
“Same answer, not a player needed. Then he decided to join Bayern”.
The reason for snubbing Thiago was reportedly because Moyes wanted Cesc Fabregas brought in.
The Arsenal and Chelsea hero was at Barcelona at the time but was looking for a return to England.
And Moyes admits he was close to a deal.
“The other one I came really close to getting was Cesc Fabregas, who we thought we would get [from Barcelona] right up until the last minut," he revealed after his United exit.
"The Cesc one was disappointing, it was very close."
Another midfielder Moyes wanted? Real Madrid's Toni Kroos.
“Toni Kroos had agreed to come in the summer," the Scotsman revealed.
"I’d agreed it with Toni himself and his agent. It was a done deal, so that was the level I was targeting – but sometimes you don’t get deals done."
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But the main target for Moyes was Tottenham star Gareth Bale.
The Welshman is back in north London following his 2013 exit when he joined Real Madrid.
However, Moyes was keen to stop his move to Spain altogether.
“When I first went in to United my real target was Gareth Bale," he has previously explained.
“I felt all along that Gareth Bale was a Manchester United player and I fought to get him [from Tottenham] right up until the last minute.
"We actually offered him a bigger deal than Real Madrid but Gareth had his mind made up on going to Madrid. He was, though, in my mind, the player I really wanted."
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