As Nick Powell heads to Wigan, he could be the catalyst for big changes at Goodison Park and Old Trafford.
The Daily Mail report that Nick Powell is on the cusp of a loan move to recently-relegated Wigan Athletic from Manchester United.
The youngster was signed by United last season for a sizeable £4m after showing terrific promise in League 1 with Crewe Alexandra, but new manager David Moyes clearly feels it will be better for Powell’s development to play a season of regular first-team football in the Championship.
This move could have much wider implications than it would first seem, however.
It is no secret that Manchester United have been hotly pursuing Moyes’ former player Marouane Fellaini this summer, and Powell’s transfer could be the key to the Belgian finally securing a move.
It is widely believed that James McCarthy is wanted by Everton manager Roberto Martinez, and once Wigan secure Powell they could be willing to let the young midfielder go – for the right price.
If McCarthy is reunited with Martinez at Goodison Park, he may be more open to allowing star player Fellaini leave for Manchester United.
With recent reports claiming that Fellaini has asked for permission to speak with United, both managers will surely be hoping that this mutually-beneficial chain of events will come to pass.