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Manchester United Transfer News: 5 January Arrivals That Now Look Unlikely

Elliott BinksSenior Writer IIISeptember 26, 2016

Manchester United Transfer News: 5 January Arrivals That Now Look Unlikely

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    Manchester United have been linked with a whole host of stars since the very day the summer transfer window slammed shut on Aug. 31.

    From household names to stars of the future, dozens of players have been linked with January moves to Old Trafford, each with varying degrees of possibility.

    Considering recent developments, some of these more reliable stories now seem less likely to come to fruition.

    This article identifies five rumored arrivals who now appear unlikely to see their projected transfers completed, discussing exactly why these moves may be off-the-cards.

Mesut Ozil

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    The German playmaker would undoubtedly be a fantastic signing for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, and has been linked with Manchester United by the Daily Mail.

    The speculation came as a result of Luka Modric’s move to the Santiago Bernabéu, which has seen added competition for places in Ozil’s attacking midfield role.

    However the German has retained his place in the side, and played a key part in the 2-2 draw away at Barcelona in which he provided the assist for one of Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals.

    He has since reiterated his happiness in Madrid and his good relationship with José Mourinho, thus appearing to rule out a move from Los Meringues.

Alen Halilovic

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    Just 16 years of age, this Croatian starlet has been on the receiving end of rave reviews and has subsequently been linked with Manchester United, as well as Real Madrid.

    While it would appear that United certainly have the reputation and financial muscle to prise the youngster away from his current club Dinamo Zagreb, Halilovic may not come so willingly, as he clearly has an agenda of his own.

    Goal.com reported that he wishes to remain in Croatia to focus on improving his game and fulfilling his potential, and that “everything else does not matter now.”

    A move to Manchester further down the line may be more reasonable, but the level-headed Halilovic appears set to remain at Dinamo Zagreb for the time being until he is ready for a step up the big time.

Robert Lewandowski

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    After firing Borussia Dortmund to the German championship last year with 22 goals in 34 league games, the Polish forward has attracted the attention of a number of Europe’s top clubs.

    The Guardian suggested that Manchester United could be a possible destination, but having already signed Robin van Persie this summer, Ferguson’s attack is already potent enough and therefore doesn’t require the added talents of Lewandowski.

    His arrival would add quality, but would also bring difficulties in keeping the likes of Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck happy if they were to slip down the pecking order.

    Thus, a move to Old Trafford could be ill-advised, and may not be forthcominga theory that is strengthened by recent comments that the Pole has no plans to change clubs.

Stephan El Shaarawy

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    The Italian forward’s much-speculated transfer to Manchester United was put in jeopardy after his employers, AC Milan, insisted the 19-year-old is “going nowhere.

    It is also worth nothing that he is only in his second season with the Milanese club, and having signed a contract to remain with the Rossoneri until 2016, prematurely leaving the San Siro would not appear to be a part of El Shaarawy’s plans.

    Furthermore, despite Milan’s poor start the season, they remain one of the true giants of European and World football.

    Though United are an equally prestigious club, their lure may not be enough to take the teenager from the five-time European champions in his native homeland.

    In my view, this move doesn’t look likely to be completed.

Isco

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    Touted as a potential replacement to the evergreen Paul Scholes, Isco has been linked by Calciomercato with a whole host of clubs, including United, Arsenal and more recently, Italian champions Juventus (via The Guardian).

    However, it’s this high demand which could ultimately scupper a move to Old Trafford.

    Malaga’s financial problems have been well-documented, so it would appear likely that the Spanish side will cash in on one of their biggest stars fairly soon.

    But the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal arguably have a greater need for the Spanish midfielder; therefore, they would seem to be more likely destinations for the 20-year-old.

    Also, a more steely presence in the United midfield appears to be a greater priority for Ferguson, so this move may unfortunately never materialise.

Conclusion

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    Circumstances may of course change, and certain players could have a change of heart regarding their immediate future, so to wholeheartedly rule out a move would be naive to say the least.

    But whether due to a lack of interest, the wants of their current clubs or the actions of other clubs in competition, these potential transfers now appear less likely to be completed during the upcoming January transfer window.

    Stay posted for part two of this series; a much more positive piece in which I will discuss some of the players that Manchester United have been linked with who appear far more likely to sign for the Red Devils.

    But until then, feel free to comment below with your thoughts and opinions on these rumored moves and whether or not you agree that they now appear to be dead.

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