Arsenal and Manchester United have been surprisingly unsuccessful in the transfer market as yet - it's not like they haven’t tried though.
Arsenal have been linked with the likes of Luis Suarez, Marouane Fellaini, Gonzalo Higuain, Stevan Jovetic, and Karim Benzema. While United have been linked with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Leighton Baines, Fellaini, and Cesc Fabregas.
However most of these players have gone elsewhere, signed a new contract, or are linked more strongly with other clubs.
So what is the problem? Both teams have the financial capabilities and they can both offer Champions League football. The bids have mostly been fair and near what the clubs expect of them.
Lets look at the example of Cesc Fabregas. Despite Barcelona's players, officials, and the player himself insisting that a move would not happen, Manchester United continued to increase the bid with the hope that a certain amount of money would have been enough to bring the Spanish International to Old Trafford.
Then in Arsenal's case, they looked to buy a player that also had interest from Real Madrid. They put it a relatively small bid of £30m and it was of course rejected immediately.
Perhaps the reason that these two teams have been unsuccessful so far is that they have aimed too high, and have been very ambitious. If Arsenal went all the way to land Higuain they could have probably done it.
On the other hand if United had gone all out to get Thiago they would have had a higher chance. So perhaps these two teams should aim a little bit lower, or at least if they do try to sign big names, put an amount of money that is expected for that player.
Who do you think Arsenal and Manchester United will sign this summer, if anyone?
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