Gavin Laws, head of corporate affairs at Standard Chartered, admits it is the success of Ji-Sung Park in promoting Manchester United's sponsors in the Far East which has whetted Standard's appetite for a Liverpool Asian player.
"We would love the club to have players of nationalities from the markets in which we operate," Mr Laws said. "They are not going to get them from all 75 but if they could sign some - if they could get a Korean, Indian, Chinese player - look what Park has done for United in terms of coverage in Korea.
"It can't be us dictating this. He's got to be good enough to be playing, because it's no good having someone in the reserve team," he said.