When the summer transfer window opens this year it will undoubtedly be met with a degree of trepidation from Manchester United fans.
They’ve been promised unprecedented spending of unprecedented sums of money, but it’s unlikely fans will be bought over by the idea of a transfer spree providing the solution to all their on going problems.
It can’t be disputed that David Moyes needs to completely overhaul his team if he is to remain in a job, but from the outside looking in there’s a very serious question that needs to be answered if United harbour any hopes of landing the top European talents with the mooted £200million they have to spend.
Drum roll please… Why would any of the leading stars of world football want to join Moyes’ revolution?
Far from the perennial world-beaters Sir Alex Ferguson would churn out year after year, the project that will be kick started at the end of this campaign is one that won’t be expected to bear fruits anytime soon.
In fact, with Champions League qualification for next season looking more and more improbable with each passing performance, United can’t offer half the incentives that their closest rivals can. It’s for this reason primarily that I think the likes of Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan would be nothing short of foolish if they were to opt for a move to Old Trafford this summer.
Both of the Borussia Dortmund stars have been linked with blockbuster moves to the reigning Premier League champions this summer, with Gundogan even finding himself on a rumoured list of the top five priority targets on Moyes’ shopping list.
However surely the Scot must realise he’d be punching well above his weight were he able to attract either one of the two German internationals.
Both men are said to be on the radar of a number of Europe’s finest outfits and, all things considered, it would seem that a stay at Dortmund would be better for their futures than trading the Westfalenstadion for the gamble that Old Trafford is fast becoming.
Because let’s face it, all things considered Old Trafford is a gamble for an established talent looking to take the next step in his career. At 23 (Gundogan) and 24 (Reus) it’s fair to assume that both targets have plenty of time left to leave a lasting mark on world football.
Jurgen Klopp’s heroic drive to the Champions League final last season showcased the abilities of the Dortmund duo and, though the side aren’t doing nearly so well this year, neither is openly seeking a way out of the club.
For me Reus and Gundogan, rated at a combined fee of £65million, need to realise that joining United in the current climate isn’t so much a move which would improve their careers, as one which could easily see their development stall.
United may be able to promise a lucrative pay packet and a rich history, but their future as a superpower is as far from certain as it can possibly be.