Manchester United aren’t going to be signing anyone before the January transfer window closes, so it seems.
Ruben Neves is admired, as well as Boubacar Kamara and Amadou Haidara.
Yet Joel Glazer will have the final say when it comes to the club’s summer business, where Declan Rice is expected to emerge as the club’s No 1 target.
Manchester United have considered signing players this month.
Yet with none of their top targets available, and ready to leave their current clubs in January, plans are set to be put on hold.
United have a mixed record when it comes to January transfers, so that’s potentially for the best.
Bruno Fernandes has been a hit since joining from Sporting Lisbon in 2020, while Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra both became legends after moving in 2006 when Sir Alex Ferguson ruled the roost.
But for every Fernandes, Vidic and Evra there’s been a Zoran Tosic, Alexis Sanchez, Manucho and Odion Ighalo.
United are now planning ahead for the summer.
And they’ve already decided their next signing will be in midfield, an area that has been neglected by the club in recent memory.
Fred is a good asset on his day but the Brazil international, nearly four years on from his arrival, has never achieved consistency.
Scott McTominay is starting to come good under Ralf Rangnick yet, like Fred, can be hot one minute and cold the next.
Age has caught up to Nemanja Matic, with the Serbia international entering the twilight years of his career.
Donny van de Beek has barely been given a chance and, anyway, isn’t deemed disinclined or strong enough to play regularly in the Premier League.
Then there’s Paul Pogba, who is expected to leave United on a free transfer at the end of the current campaign.
United are expected to pursue a summer deal for Rice, who recently admitted he loved playing at Old Trafford following West Ham’s 1-0 defeat on Saturday.
Yet Haidara, Kamara and Neves are all other options for the club as they look to solve a problem that has haunted them for several years.
Whoever United do decide to go after, controversial co-owner Glazer will be the one who has the final say.
Richard Arnold, who has effectively replaced Ed Woodward, is happy to step back and let the likes of Rangnick, Darren Fletcher and John Murtough decide on the club’s transfer policy.
Once signings have been identified, negotiations will then be held. After that, it’s left for Glazer to decide.
The American was actually wary of re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, when it became clear he was willing to quit Juventus.
Yet Woodward talked him round, citing the commercial benefits of such a deal while also insisting the 36-year-old could still cut it on the pitch.
After signing a midfielder, United then plan to bolster other areas of their squad as well.
A new striker will be targeted, though the club are reluctant to engage in a battle to land Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
Edinson Cavani is set to depart, while Anthony Martial may push to join Sevilla permanently if he shines there on loan.
United are open to signing a new right-back after Rangnick made it clear he didn’t feel Aaron Wan-Bissaka was up to scratch.
Giving up on the £50million star, however, may be a tricky one for the club’s hierarchy to take.
And a new goalkeeper may arrive if Dean Henderson departs, with the England international keen on a regular first-team football.
David De Gea’s fine form, unfortunately for Henderson, has made that something the club can’t guarantee.