Manchester United Transfer News: 6 Players Who Won't Be Coming to Old Trafford

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIJanuary 7, 2013

Manchester United Transfer News: 6 Players Who Won't Be Coming to Old Trafford

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    The latest Manchester United transfer news sees the Red Devils linked with a number of players for potential moves over the January winter transfer window.

    However, like much of the transfer speculation, several players linked with United are simply not coming to Old Trafford—not in this transfer window nor the summer transfer window after that.

    Here are six players who won't be coming to the current Premier League leaders any time in the near future—or really any time after that either.

Robert Lewandowski

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    Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has been long linked with a move to Manchester United and continues to be discussed as a possible winter or summer arrival.

    Yet there is simply no way the Poland international will be coming to Old Trafford—both from a Dortmund and from a United point of view.

    The German champions are in a strong position in the Champions League this season and would therefore be foolish to sell one of their best players before that has finished. They aren't topping the Bundesliga like they were last year, but they are still competitive this year, and their attack continues to impress greatly throughout the season.

    Parting with their go-to striker seems ridiculous then, especially when the German giants finally got Lewandowski and Mario Gotze on the same page this year.

    And from a United point of view, sure the 24-year-old is a quality player, but given the existence of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck at the club, surely a move for another striker seems a touch ridiculous?

    Both Hernandez and Welbeck start for their respective international teams, and yet they start on the bench for United most weeks. Sir Alex Ferguson does not need another quality striker on his bench in Lewandowski, and he certainly isn't going to drop Rooney or Van Persie any time soon either.

    Can't see this one happening from either perspective.

Wesley Sneijder

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    Manchester United are believed to be interested in a potential move for Dutch international Wesley Sneijder, who is reportedly looking for a new club over the transfer window.

    But this one too seems unlikely for a number of reasons—least of which being Sneijder's current wages, which are thought to be the topic of concern at Inter Milan in the first place.

    Currently on around £200,000 per week, the Dutch international was told by Inter to lower his wages—a demand that Sneijder did not want to comply with, which has led to all this transfer discussion.

    But at £200,000 per week, I can't see United forking out that money for a midfielder that won't instantly become part of Sir Alex Ferguson's plans at the club.

    The veteran manager has made it clear that Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley are the midfield plan for now, and with the likes of Anderson floating around, they do not need another midfielder who is on a ridiculous pay scale at the moment.

    That type of money is what Rooney and Van Persie are on; I can't see Ferguson offering it to the Dutch international. Which, in turn, most likely means he won't be heading to Old Trafford any time soon.

Ashley Cole

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    This one is an absolute no-brainer. Ashley Cole is not coming to Manchester United. 

    Not now, not ever. 

    Even if Chelsea were willing to sell one of the best left-backs in the country to one of their biggest rivals, there's simply no way that United would want him.

    Off contract at the end of the year, Cole would ask for a salary that the Red Devils are unlikely to pay for a player they don't really need. After all, they do have Patrice Evra as their starting left-back and a great young replacement in Alexander Buttner waiting in the wings.

    The inclusion of Cole into the side is both unnecessary and unlikely—something that will no doubt come as a sign of relief for United defender Rio Ferdinand.

    Something about the whole "choc-ice" tweet makes this deal seem off the table.

    And if you're still not sold, here's some further thoughts on why Cole won't be coming to Old Trafford—10 reasons as to why it won't take place.

Asmir Begovic

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    According to latest reports from The Metro, Manchester United are believed to be considering selling David de Gea for Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic or Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina.

    Out of the two keepers mentioned, Begovic is the more likely deal to happen, but even then, it's ridiculous to even tout this as a possible transfer rumor for either club.

    First off, no way in the world would Stoke sell Begovic. The shot-stopper has been among the best in the Premier League this year, and Stoke would cripple the very heart of their defensive strength by departing with their goalkeeper here.

    Secondly, there's also no way that United would part with De Gea, who has seemingly finally started to come good for the Red Devils.

    The £20 million-rated Spanish international has finally cemented the starting spot as his own and is taking great responsibility at the back—making a departure now highly unlikely.

    De Gea is a great player for the future at Old Trafford, and one Ferguson will have in his plans no doubt, making it very unlikely that this transfer will take place.

James Rodriguez

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    Porto winger James Rodriguez is another player linked to Manchester United for some time now, and whilst the Red Devils might be interested in the winger, it's unlikely he'll end up moving to Old Trafford.

    The Red Devils already have Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young out wide and, as much as they might not like it sometimes, they still have Nani as a replacement on either side, with the Portuguese international capable of playing very well on his day.

    There is no need for another world-class winger in Rodriguez—especially not when it seems that United are leading the charge for Crystal Palace wonder kid Wilfried Zaha.

    Zaha is an exciting young prospect with a bright future ahead of him, and if United are going to get a replacement for Nani at the club, it is far more likely to be Zaha than Rodriguez—both in terms of age and in terms of cost to the club.

    Porto always like to value their players quite highly, with the Colombian international rated at close to £40 million. No way are United paying that for a position they are already very strong in and have a number of good alternatives for.

    As good as Rodriguez might be.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    We wrap up this with the transfer that simply won't go away—a possible return by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United.

    Having made himself a world star at Old Trafford, talk of a possible departure from Real Madrid have a possible United return discussed by many in the media, though I'm really not quite sure why.

    Straight up, it's unlikely Ronaldo will leave Madrid any time soon.

    The Portuguese international is too important to the short- and long-term plans of Los Blancos, and he is simply too good a player to let walk out the door. Madrid will likely do everything they can to keep him at the club for as long as they can.

    And when the day finally does come that Ronaldo leaves the club, expect him to command a transfer fee higher than the £80 million that he was originally sold for.

    For one player, United will not pay £80 million, let alone the £100 million he could possibly go for. Even when it's Cristiano Ronaldo, United won't pay that money.

    Paris St. Germain might, Chelsea might and Anzhi Makhachkala might, but there's no way that anyone at Old Trafford will fork that out.

    Not even for Ronaldo.

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