The last 24 hours saw two high profile names linked with Manchester United moves.
Let us stick our necks on the line and say neither of them will happen.
The two players concerned are Edinson Cavani and Jan Oblak.
- Italian site Calciomercato claimed United are closely monitoring Edinson Cavani
- ESPN report United are weighing up paying Jan Oblak’s release clause
Cavani is a player who has been linked to United for years. The time to sign him is long gone.
At 32, he is on the way down, a player passing his peak. United should have learned a harsh lesson over Alexis Sanchez.
Concerns over Romelu Lukaku’s form and quality may lead to him needing to be replaced, but Cavani is not the answer.
United need to be looking at younger players, Timo Werner for instance.
The rumours regarding Jan Oblak stem from United’s concerns over De Gea.
Oblak is arguably the world’s best goalkeeper, and has a release clause of £103 million.
De Gea’s form and expiring contract means this might be the summer to cash in, but indications are that United will look to back the Spaniard and extend his deal.
It would be a bold statement for United to go and sign Oblak, and we just can’t see it. Not when there are other areas in the team which would need addressing.
If it came to United replacing De Gea, we don’t have the confidence that Ed Woodward would go out and secure the world’s best.
Sergio Romero, Dean Henderson, and another new addition, cheaper than Oblak, would be left to battle it out.