The summer transfer window is soon to open and Manchester United fans should get used to some crazy rumours.
The problem is: United do not need either player.
Money is going to be relatively tight this year, even at a club the size of United.
With no fans in the stadium, and lock-down testing football finances across the globe, why on earth would Ole Gunnar Solskaer want another left-back?
Luke Shaw has been in brilliant form this season and has been a regular starter when fit. Behind him, Brandon Williams has proved a more than able deputy.
In fact, the youngster is so good that he could be first-choice left-back at half the clubs in the Premier League.
So the prospect of United spending £60million on a third left-back is surely little more than paper (or agent) talk.
The Thiago rumour has more legs but still falls on its face before the finish line.
There is no doubting the Spaniard’s quality but, as we said here, the rumour is far more likely to be an attempt to get an improved contract or generate some faux one-upmanship than anything else.
Options already exist
United already have the likes of Fred and Scott McTominay on the bench. These are players that were starting, and excelling, just a few months ago.
Now United have Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic in the centre of the park. Along with Fred and McTominay, youngsters James Garner and Dylan Levitt are waiting to break through.
Both are wonderful prospects and deserve their chance. Signing Thiago would only put another obstacle in the way of a duo who could be destined for greatness if they get their chance.
Why would United spend money on another midfielder, regardless of his quality and experience?
Every United fans knows what the club needs right now and neither of the positions suggested will be a focus.
United will not spend money for the sake of it. Neither will they add bodies in areas of the field where they are already well stocked.
If anything, United will spend big on one or two players in key positions. Everything else can be dismissed with a sizeable pinch of salt.