Euro Paper Talk: Deep cut for Rangnick as No 1 target snubs Man Utd offer for rivals

Date published: Wednesday 8th December 2021 12:27 - James Marshment

Ralf Rangnick, interim Manchester United boss, during a press conference - pic via ManUtd.com

Manchester United look likely to miss out on ‘top Ralf Rangnick target’ Ousmane Dembele, with the player intent on joining their rivals, Arsenal are closing on an impressive midfield signing, while Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Liverpool have been offered the chance to sign a Swiss star.

DEMBELE IGNORES MAN UTD – BUT WANTS LONDON MOVE

Ralf Rangick reportedly faces his first disappointment as Manchester United boss, with a report claiming Ousmane Dembele has rejected a move.

The wily German tactician wants to impose a high-energy, high-press system at Old Trafford to bring about a successful new era. As such, he reportedly sees United’s right-hand side as an area of improvement.

Indeed, Diogo Dalot has already been drafted into the side at the expense of Aaron Wan Bissaka.

Now he also wants changes on the right wing, with Dembele targeted in a cut-price deal.

His contract at Barcelona expires in summer 2022 and his refusal to sign an extension means an exit is on the cards.

And with funds tight at the Nou Camp, they are looking to cash in next month as opposed losing the winger on a free.

As such, Rangnick is reported by Mundo Deportivo to have made contact with his agent over a move to Old Trafford.

However, they report that Dembele has ‘no intention’ of moving to United due to the competition in attack.

United competition too strong for Dembele

The player and his representative reportedly fear that a move there would be too stop-start. Furthermore, they doubt whether he could recapture his best form there with Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood and possibly Marcus Rashford seen as right-sided options.

Instead, Mundo Deportivo claims Dembele is instead holding out on a move to Chelsea. Thomas Tuchel is also reportedly a fan of the France star.

Furthermore, with Christian Pulisic likely to depart, Dembele reckons there is an opening for him at Stamford Bridge.

As such, they are reportedly his No 1 preference and he will wait to see if they follow up their initial interest with an approach.

ARSENAL GO AHEAD TO SIGN RENATO SANCHES

Renato Sanches, Joao Felix, Portugal training,

Arsenal have been given the green light to sign Renato Sanches in January in a deal that will cost £25.6m (€30m). (Telefoot)

Liverpool are reportedly being offered the chance to sign Denis Zakaria in a cut-price January deal, with Borussia Monchengladbach desperate to avoid losing him on a free. (Calciomercato)

AC Milan are prepping a surprise January swoop for Andreas Christensen – and want him to form a defensive bedrock with Chelsea old boy Fikayo Tomori. (Sky Italia)

Liverpool are emerging as suitors for Paulo Dybala as they seek attacking reinforcements in January. (Calciomercato)

West Ham are likely to beat Newcastle to the signing of Hellas Verona midfielder Antonin Barak. (L’Arena)

Chelsea are yet to open talks over a deal for Federico Chiesa, despite claims that Thomas Tuchel is ‘in love’ with the winger. (Fabrizio Romano)

MAN CITY PLOTTING RAFAEL LEAO SWOOP

Rafael Leao TEAMtalk

Manchester City fancy a move for AC Milan forward Rafael Leao in January as a would-be replacement for Ferran Torres. (Sky Italia)

Wolfsburg youngster Aster Vranckx admits he’s dreaming of a move to Chelsea or Real Madrid. (SportBILD)

Barcelona have been offered Edinson Cavani in a cut-price deal, with Ralf Rangnick seeing no role for the Uruguayan. (Sport)

Real Madrid have told suitors that Eden Hazard can leave for just £23m in January – a loss of some £65m. (Marca)

Arsenal are trying to push through a deal to sign Internacional striker Yuri Alberto in one of the next two transfer windows. (Goal Brasil)

AC Milan’s hopes of signing Diogo Dalot are ‘almost impossible’ with the full-back now a preferred pick under Ralf Rangnick. (Il Tempo)

AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Veteran Real Madrid defender Marcelo is likely to return to Fluminense next year, despite apparent links to Leeds. (Ole)

Manchester United and Liverpool are facing competition from Atletico Madrid for 18-year-old American striker Ricardo Pepi. (CBS)

Bayern Munich are hoping to tie down Robert Lewandowski to a new deal to extend his stay until 2025. (AS)

Barcelona remain confident they can secure the signing of Ferran Torres despite being some distance away from meeting Manchester City’s valuation. (Mundo Deportivo)

Real Madrid are planning to extend Luka Modric’s contract to 2023 after some excellent displays from the veteran midfielder. (Fabrizio Romano)

Inter are reportedly confident of a deal for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana in the summer, despite fresh interest from Barcelona. (Calciomercato)

Newcastle are emerging as favourites to sign Georginio Wijnaldum amid claims he already wants to leave PSG. (AS)

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