Manchester United and Ed Woodward have had their fair share of knock backs in the transfer market over the past eight years or so.
Much has been made of the club’s huge transfer spend since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
Their investment certainly does not tally up with their trophy count as they continue to try and reel in the likes of Manchester City.
Big names have turned down the chance to move to Old Trafford for several reasons.
Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer though there has been a shift in transfer strategy, moving away from the established names.
He has targeted homegrown talent which has led to their interest in Jack Grealish, but his agent’s latest admission suggests United could once again be snubbed.
Jonathan Barnett said: “The truth is we don’t know (what will happen). There are many clubs (interested) and I wouldn’t put Manchester United at the top of that (list).”
It seems the Red Devils face the prospect of being told no once more, which wouldn’t be anything new, as we take a look at some of the names to look elsewhere despite their interest.
This transfer saga is one we’ve seen on repeat. Ramos has been at Real Madrid for 16 years and every time contract talks are on the agenda a move to United gets touted.
After a week or two of speculation Los Blancos announced that the defender has signed a lucrative new deal.
It seems as if the Red Devils and Ramos’ favourite bargaining tool.
There was once talk of a swap deal with David de Gea when Madrid were heavily interested in the goalkeeper, but nothing materialised.
Way back in Woodward’s first summer of transfer activity he and then manager David Moyes missed out on several key targets.
Despite his quality the Spaniard wasn’t settling in as he’d wished at the Nou Camp.
United tried and failed to lure him to Old Trafford. A year later Chelsea would successfully bring him back to England, where he won the title in his first season.
The Red Devils could still atone for missing out on Haaland, but it will come at a serious cost.
Solskjaer must’ve thought he had his compatriot when it became clear he was going to leave Red Bull Salzburg last season.
Instead it was Borussia Dortmund who swooped it and continue to reap the rewards of the striker’s quality.
United have retained an interest but Haaland’s ever rising profile means he will cost a huge sum.
They also face plenty of competition and it is feasible that Red Devils fans will have to see him wear the blue of Manchester City in the future.
The Croat was consistently linked with United during Jose Mourinho’s tenure.
Inter Milan’s valuation was the main issue in the summer of 2017. They wanted €50m and United wouldn’t pay more than €40m.
The pair locked horns and Perisic ended up staying put. A year later he would score against England in the World Cup semi-final.
He has since enjoyed a loan spell at Bayern Munich were he won the Champions League.
So close yet so far.
The German has publicly stated that he had a verbal agreement to join United from Bayern Munich, but the switch fell through after David Moyes was sacked.
Kroos ended up joining Real Madrid where he has won three Champions League titles.
His ability to dominate a midfield would certainly have been a key asset to United over the years.