Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is being backed to sign Toni Kroos from Real Madrid during the January transfer window.
Reports from Germany claim the Red Devils are interested in securing the player’s signature as they plot a way into the Premier League top four.
But while Kroos would have once been a good asset for Manchester United, there’s a sense that he’s now slightly past his best.
And that means signing him would be a similar mistake to what happened during Louis van Gaal’s time at the helm.
Under the Dutchman, United went for players whose best years were behind.
Radamel Falcao was the first with the Colombia international touching down from Monaco on transfer deadline day in 2014.
But he was past his best at the time due to the fact a serious knee injury damaged his chances of playing regularly.
In United’s defence, they only thought Falcao good enough to take on loan.
But the Red Devils’ decision to move for the striker backfired spectacularly with four goals a meagre return.
Another player who United signed who was past his best was Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The Red Devils had high hopes for the Germany international when they signed him.
Van Gaal had managed Schweinsteiger at Bayern Munich and believed his experience would benefit his side.
But the former United star never looked comfortable playing in the Premier League and was later offloaded by Jose Mourinho to Chicago Fire.
Schweinsteiger had previously established himself as one of the best midfielders in world football.
But he was past his best by the time the Red Devils acquired him – something the club later realised.
Regarding Kroos, and Solskjaer may be about to make the same mistake.
The Germany international was the best in his position just two years ago, playing a key role as Los Blancos dominated the Champions League.
He was also crucial as his country waltzed to World Cup glory in Brazil five years ago.
But he’s been off the boil over the last 12 months.
And if United do press ahead and try and snap him up, it may be another decision they’ll come to regret.