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Dortmund destruction sparks Man Utd action with Rangnick giving ‘absolute’ backing to needed transfer

RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer

Konrad Laimer has emerged as a realistic option to solve the midfield conundrum at Man Utd after his latest performance caught the eye, per a report.

Precisely what to do with Manchester United’s midfield has been a subject that has clouded the club for many a year. Fred and Scott McTominay continue to give their all when picked, though doubts remain as to whether they are the partnership United require to reel the likes of Liverpool and Man City in.

Nemanja Matic has laboured this season and at 33, is firmly in the twilight of his career. Furthermore, Paul Pogba now looks set to leave the club as a free agent this summer.

It is clear to see central midfield is an area Manchester United must address this summer. Now, per German outlet Bild, the ideal addition came onto the scene last weekend after producing a destructive display.

Austria international Konrad Laimer scored two and assisted another as RB Leipzig thumped Borussia Dortmund 4-1 on their own turf.

The 24-year-old Laimer now has five goals and four assists from central midfield this season and his latest display reportedly caught the eye at Old Trafford.

Via Sport Witness, it’s claimed Laimer is now in United’s sights. What’s more, he will have an ‘absolute advocate’ in Ralf Rangnick.

The German is poised to take up a consultancy role when the season ends and knows Laimer well. Laimer was brought to Leipzig in 2017 when Rangnick was their sporting director.

There is no indication as to the fee Laimer would cost. Though given his comparatively lower profile, it stands to reason he would present a far more cost-effective alternative to the likes of fellow United targets Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice.

Furthermore, Laimer’s contract with Leipzig is due to expire in 2023.

Bild add talks over a new deal could materialise, though they won’t commence until the summer.

Leipzig currently occupy fourth spot in the Bundesliga, though are being chased hard by Freiburg and Hoffenheim. Failure to qualify for the Champions League could give United a boost in any transfer pursuit.