The signings of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan mean that Jose Mourinho now has a wealth of options available to him in attacking areas.
It had been assumed that Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial would join this pair in the front-four, with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata having to wait for their opportunity.
Were the France international to make the switch to Old Trafford, then he would likely take the place of Martial in the starting XI, drifting inside from the left flank in much the same way that Mkhitaryan will be expected to do from the opposite side:
Although the man who will no longer wear the no.9 shirt for Manchester United enjoyed a memorable debut campaign in the Premier League, he was directly involved in six fewer top-flight goals than the West Ham playmaker.
Let us not forget, either, that it was Payet who made a far greater impact for his country at Euro 2016, as well as making one hell of a difference to his club’s results last season: