Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has left the club's pre-season tour of Australia to carry out urgent transfer business.
It had been speculated that Woodward would be discussing the future of the reportedly unsettled Wayne Rooney, but the club later indicated it was regarding an incoming transfer - bringing Cesc Fabregas into the picture following the news that United are believed to have made a €30 million bid for the midfielder.
The Red Devils are currently in Australia, having completed the Thai leg of their tour, and are preparing for the friendly against A-League All Stars on Saturday.
News of Woodward’s early departure arrived just hours after Chelsea confirmed they had made a bid for United forward Rooney, which was rejected by United.
The Blues released a statement on Wednesday to clarify the terms of their approach, after reports suggested they had offered £10 million plus Juan Mata or David Luiz.
Rooney's future has been the subject of intense speculation since former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed the club had turned down a second transfer request in three years from the striker.