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Man United To Raid Ralf Rangnick's Former Club For January Signing, Player Has £32m Release Clause

Adnan Riaz

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Man United To Raid Ralf Rangnick's Former Club For January Signing, Player Has £32m Release Clause

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick could be reunited with one of his former RB Leipzig players in the January transfer window, according to reports.

Rangnick took his place in the Old Trafford hotseat after the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


The 63-year-old German, who will take on a consultancy role after his interim spell, has used a midfield partnership of Scott McTominay and Fred in United’s wins over Arsenal and Crystal Palace.

Former United manager Solskjaer often deployed McTominay and Fred together in midfield, with the Red Devils looking vulnerable in the middle of the park.

However, the Premier League club are set to bolster Rangnick’s midfield options with a key signing in the January transfer window.

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According to The Manchester Evening News, United are prepared to make a move for Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara.

Haidara was signed by Leipzig in 2018 when Rangnick was in charge of the Bundesliga outfit, with the United manager calling him an “absolutely exceptional talent.”

The 23-year-old Malian midfielder, who began his career at Red Bull Salzburg, is under contract with Leipzig until 2025.

However, United could snap up Haidara from Leipzig should they trigger his £32m release clause.

Haidara has scored three times in 18 appearances this season and has insisted that he is happy at Leipzig, but the Mali international was a United fan growing up.

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United face the possibility of losing Paul Pogba next summer and Haidara would help fill the void left behind by the Frenchman.

Pogba is free to speak with clubs outside of England from January and sign a pre-contract agreement, with the United star heavily linked with Real Madrid.

Former Arsenal and Everton player Kevin Campbell pointed out that Haidara knows how to play Rangnick’s “brand of football” and would fit his system well.

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“Any signing for Manchester United in the January window needs to be practical and sensible,” he told Football Insider.

“Whoever comes in needs to be able to do a specific job in this Ralf Rangnick system.

“Haidara knows how to play that brand of football. He knows the specific job Rangnick wants.

“It’s an area where Man United are perhaps a little light so I think, yes, he’d be a great signing.”

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Topics: Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United, Premier League, England, Football

Adnan Riaz
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