Given their colossal status, Manchester United are constantly linked with the superstar names of world football.
Whether it is the annual Gareth Bale rumour, capturing the newest young star, or the half-baked yearly reports of a Cristiano Ronaldo return - United will forever be in the transfer headlines. The rumours rarely become a reality, though. Other than the recent signings of Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire, none of the completed transfers are those which have lived up to high profile expectations set by the constant reports.
In the past, the rumours weren’t too bad. United were one of football’s most successful clubs so it didn’t seem unfeasible that they would sign all the biggest stars, no different to the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Unfortunately, the reality now is that United aren’t as successful as they once were, and players who join know they are signing up to a rebuilding process, rather than adding to continued success. Other than their history there is no real reason, at least in a competitive sense, for anybody to move to the Red Devils, if there are better options.
The same names are lazily thrown around in the gossip columns year in, year out. Sure, United's gargantuan status may attract Gareth Bale and Harry Kane, but are those transfers realistic? There are plenty of players out there who are much more feasible candidates to line up for United next year.
Here, we will look at who United can realistically sign this summer.