Manchester United are aware of their own unique status when it comes to transfer windows.
United are linked with hundreds of players every time the market opens, or is about to open. It used to mildly irritate the hierarchy within the walls of power at the club, now it’s an accepted phenomenon due to their mammoth status.
So naturally, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not going to want all the players that are linked with United. Or even if he does admire them, it doesn’t mean United should make a move.
Here, MEN Sport runs through four players United should avoid this summer, as they look to make careful, considered and correct decisions in a vital summer transfer window:
Let’s start with the most attractive proposition, in the eyes of the more romantic and nostalgic United fans, in any case.
In almost every year of the past decade, it has been suggested that United should look to re-sign Ronaldo, but with the Portuguese superstar now 36 the ship has surely sailed. He may well leave Juventus but would command hefty wages and take up a position in Solskjaer’s squad that could be handed to a far younger prospect like Mason Greenwood or Amad.
It’s understood Ronaldo isn’t a target for United and that is certainly the way it should stay. There is no room for sentiment this summer.
Kane is another player who appeals to a large section of the United fanbase, but at 28 and — like Ronaldo — coming with a significant financial outlay, he ought not be the priority this summer.
The Tottenham Hotspur talisman would, without question, improve United’s attacking output and the understanding is that he would be receptive to an Old Trafford transfer.
But United won’t prise him away from Spurs on the cheap, and should probably keep their powder dry — and try to sign Erling Haaland in 2022 instead. The Norwegian has a release clause that means he’d be half Kane’s price in a year’s time.
Kane’s desire to move on from Tottenham and challenge for trophies is all well and good, but Daniel Levy will likely decide the striker’s fate this summer.
United fans would have every right to shudder every time they hear King’s name.
It’s no disrespect to the former Bournemouth striker, and one-time United academy prospect, it’s just that his name has appeared on the Old Trafford transfer radar all too often in recent years when other attacking targets have been exhausted.
United tried to sign King in January 2019 and got Odion Ighalo instead. They considered him tentatively in other windows too.
They should not consider King this summer, despite the fact he will be a free agent following his imminent release from Everton.
There is no suggestion that Atletico Madrid keeper Oblak is a United target — nor should he be, for a variety of reasons.
First, United have two high level goalkeepers on their books as it stands, and if they stay it will be difficult enough to keep both David de Gea and Dean Henderson happy.
Secondly, you cannot imagine Atleti letting their reliable custodian in goal leave without a major fight. Oblak is indispensable for Diego Simeone’s side and that looks unlikely to change.
None of this will stop the endless stream of speculation, of course. but United should keep a cool head when considering their true transfer needs this summer.