Manchester United were mob-handed in Barcelona last weekend. While Sevilla were destroying Espanyol up on the Olympic hill of Montjuic, one of United's most senior talentspotters plus members of the club's recruitment team from Spain and Portugal were watching attentively.
It was a re-run of last season's Hampden UEFA Cup Final but this time there were six goals, not four and the Andalusians cracked in four of them to depart with the points.
With Dani Jarque and Carlos Kameni plus Luis Garcia catching the eye for Espanyol and a veritable feast of top-quality players in the red and white of Sevillaâ€”Christian Poulsen, Ivica Dragutinovic, Luis Fabiano, Feydou Keita, Diego Capel to name only a few â€” the trip was never going to be a waste of time.
But the fact that United's Porto based man made the trip to rendezvous with his colleagues suggests that it was former Porto striker and Brazil centre-forward Luis Fabiano, of Sevilla, who was the main target. And, as Barry Norman used to say, "Why not indeed?"
Fabiano has scored over 30 goals since Augustâ€”easily the best striking performance by any player in Europe's top leagues. He, like his team-mates, has won five trophies since May 2006 and, best of all, his contract stipulates a buy-out clause of only Â£8million.
However, if you are scratching your head a little and admitting that Fabiano would not trip off your tongue if asked to name a list of the world's top No 9s, then that is quite explicable.
The Brazilian is one of those guys who's life is as sweet as a nut right now but who has suffered terribly over the last decade. Lonely, miserable, cold and almost mute because of his failure to understand or learn French at Rennes aged only 17, he flopped like a Duran Duran haircut. Back at Sao Paolo, and team-mate to the young Kaka, he scored so many and such good goals that he was nicknamed O'Fabuloso â€” the Fabulous One.
But when the post-Jose Mourinho era at Porto kicked off with Fabiano replacing the goals of Derlei and Benni McCarthy, the player was not only hopeless, he suffered the worst time of his life.
"I only left Sao Paolo the second time because the club needed the bucks," he explained. "But I came back to Europe with the intention of proving myself and becoming a great. I didn't want the setback at Rennes to stain my CV.
"However, it was when I joined Porto that gangsters kidnapped my mother back in Brazil and threatened to kill her unless I paid a huge ransom. Those were two months of hell and although, thanks to God, everything resolved itself without my mother being hurt, she still suffers the fear and is not the same person any more."
Naturally, Fabiano's football was affected. However, the exceptionally shrewd "Monchi' (head of Sevilla's scouting team) understood that this was a good player who was underperforming, not an overrated chump.
Fabiano failed to sparkle in his first few months and incurred the wrath of the demanding Sevilla fans. Until, that is, he found fitness and a perfect partner in Fredi Kanoute. The pair are dynamite.
"The impact of who I play with and how Juande Ramos and Manolo Giminez have coached me is fundamental," he agrees.
"A Brazilian striker lives for goals â€”more so than any other nationality.
"If you aren't scoring, you are not alive; you feel asphyxiated and you cannot find any peace either in your work or at home.
"If I'm not scoring, I can't sleep. I mope around the house, I'm mean and you just wouldn't recognise me.
"Now I feel like the guy who was baptised O' Fabuloso in Sao Paolo."
They adore him back there now as much as ever. His instant impact when Brazil were playing Uruguay last year and getting a chasing was to come on and score twice to give his country the victory.
If there is a cloud on his horizon it is that, although he'll be cheap to buy in the summer, he is another Carlos Tevez-West Ham-Manchester United-FIFA row waiting to happen. Seville only wanted to take a partial risk on him when buying the 'flop' from Porto.
"It's a mess," Fabiano confirms. "Sevilla only own 33 per cent of my registration, with the rest being in the hands of a company.
"Life here is brilliant. I like the people, the language, the weather and the football. But if Sevilla think they are going to keep me in the summer, then I'd like to see them making more of an effort to do it.
"The contract is quite specific â€” 711m (Â£8m) buys the part of my registration which Sevilla holds, so if someone comes in with that money in the summer then there will be nothing Sevilla can do.
"It's down to them to renegotiate my deal before thenâ€”all I'll do for the meantime is try to keep on scoring goals and take us to the Champions League Final."
Manchester United will be watching. And they won't be the only ones.