Manchester United have been linked with Sergio Ramos and the Real Madrid captain confirmed he is to leave the Spanish club this summer.
Old Trafford chiefs may see a deal for Ramos as a great way to add quality to the back-line without spending big money, freeing up funds for additional signings.
The 35-year-old Ramos held a press conference on Thursday after it was announced that his 16-season stay at Real Madrid is coming to an end.
The centre-back won five La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues during his time at the Bernabeu, and says it is difficult to leave.
He said: “I would have liked to have said goodbye at the Bernabeu. You are never really prepared for this day, it’s the most difficult of my career.
“I’ll come back here one day, I’m sure. I want to say a huge thanks to Real Madrid, I will always carry you in my heart.”
United have been linked with a move for Ramos’ Real Madrid team-mate Raphael Varane.
The France international is reportedly keen on a move away from the La Liga club after growing dissatisfied during a disappointing recent season that saw Real miss out on the league title.
But any move for Varane would cost in excess of £60million and possibly up to £80m, even with the 28-year-old heading into the final year of his contract.
And bringing in Ramos would be a short-term solution for the Old Trafford board, adding another starting centre-half without spending a lunge chunk of the summer’s transfer kitty.
Extra cash could see Woodward submit a speculative offer for the Dortmund 20-year-old, who revealed this week that he is only interested in playing for a Champions League club.
“I have been thinking about the Champions League my whole life, wanting to play there,” Haaland said.
“It gives me one percent extra motivation when I go out on the pitch with the anthem.
“That’s my big dream: to win the Champions League one day. Hopefully I can lift that trophy and that really would be, well, amazing.”
Whether United could do multiple big-money deals remains to be seen, but a low-cost addition of Ramos – though his wages would be sizeable – might allow them to at least dream of three or four major additions.