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.