Ralf Rangnick is planning a huge overhaul at Manchester United, with four players in and four out in January, three clubs are in the race to sign a Leeds United favourite, while Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk claims a Bundesliga midfielder is setting his sights on a move to Liverpool.
REVEALED: THE FOUR STARS RANGNICK WANTS AT MAN UTD
Manchester United are likely to make wholesale changes of their playing staff under Ralf Rangnick, according to widespread reports.
The Red Devils have appointed Rangnick, 63, to oversee their bright new era after showing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the door.
Rangnick will coach United until the end of the season, before undertaking a two-year advisory role.
He is likely to have a huge say in the players brought to the club – and likewise those who depart.
Indeed, a report on Wednesday claims Rangnick has a £100m kitty to spend at United in 2022.
Now the German has three players from his former club RB Leipzig very much in his sights.
As such, his interest in midfielder Amadou Haidara has been well documented.
However, Rangnick is also keen to bring in right-back Nordi Mukiele, according to 90 min.
The 24-year-old Frenchman is seen as an upgrade on Aaron Wan-Bissaka. And while Wan-Bissaka will be kept on, Rangnick wants stronger competition for his spot. His arrival, though, will clear the way for Diogo Dalot to depart.
Rangnick sees Nkunku as Pogba replacement
Bild also report a third Leipzig star is very much of interest in the shape of Christoper Nkunku.
Nkunku, 24, is a versatile attacking midfielder who has scored 13 goals and registered 12 assists in 19 matches this season.
Manchester United chasing Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig
RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku has been linked with Manchester United following Ralf Rangnick’s interim appointment, with more updates on Denis Zakaria and Edinson Cavani.
And finally, Bild’s Christian Falk also detailed how Rangnick is planning a reunion with Timo Werner at Old Trafford.
The capture of all four players, who Rangnick knows well, will inevitably lead to some big-name exits, however.
As well as Dalot, it’s reported that Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Fred will likely move on.
Pogba and Cavani are approaching the end of their deals. As such, United will reportedly look to sell them for as much as possible in January.
Fred, meanwhile, looks set to be the main casualty should United trigger the €39m exit clause Haidara be sealed.
THREE CLUB QUEUE FOR RAPHINHA
Three clubs are said to be battling to sign Raphinha, with one of Liverpool, Newcastle or PSG likely to sign the Leeds attacker. (Fíjaches)
Denis Zakaria wants a move to Liverpool above anyone else in 2022, with Borussia Monchengladbach open to his sale. (El Nacional)
Chelsea’s chances of signing Federico Chiesa rest on them meeting Juventus’ £68m asking price and a failure of the Old Lady to qualify for the Champions League. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Arsenal are taking some ‘important steps’ and are reportedly closing on the signing of Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic. (Tuttosport)
Newcastle United are taking a close interest in Rennes striker Gaetan Laborde ahead of the January window. (Homme Du Match)
Real Madrid are stepping up their efforts to secure the signing of AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie on a free transfer. (Todo Fíjaches)
POTENTIAL NEXT CLUB FOR EDEN HAZARD NAMED
Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard has a promise to one day play for Fenerbahce, according to the club’s vice president. (Het Nieuwsblad)
Fiorentina are making the permanent €15m signing of Lucas Torreira from Arsenal one of their main aims in 2022. (Fiorentina.it)
Fiorentina are reportedly closing on the signing of Lille winger Jonathan Ikone in a €15m deal. (Sky Italia)
Real Madrid are Robert Lewandowski’s preferred destination if the striker leaves Bayern Munich in 2022. (AS)
Andreas Christensen’s father and agent is denying claims they have twice agreed terms with Chelsea on a new deal only to back out. (BT)
AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Barcelona are plotting the free-transfer signing Cesar Azpilicueta, with the Chelsea out of contract in the summer. (Marca)
Manchester City forward Ferran Torres is edging closer to a move to Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo)
Sergi Roberto’s advisors are growing frustrated by Barcelona’s delay in offering the player a new contract. (Mundo Deportivo)
Chelsea are open to selling Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to Barcelona if a big bid arrives for the duo. (Sport)