Ralf Rangnick Has Identified His First Signing For Manchester United, Player Has £33 Million Release Clause
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Ralf Rangnick has identified RB Leipzig's Amadou Haidara as his first signing as Manchester United boss.
The 63-year-old, currently head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow, is expected to sign a six-month contract as interim manager of United following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
As part of his deal, he will take up a role as a consultant and have a say in who United's next permanent manager will be once his spell in charge is over.
Rangnick, known as 'the Godfather or gegenpressing' will bring his own ideas and philosophy to the table.
And according to The Mirror, Rangnick wants to draft in Haidara from his former club in January.
United are in desperate need of a new central midfielder and the 23-year-old is a player Rangnick rates incredibly highly.
While sporting director for both Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig, he brought Haidara to Germany in a £17 million 2019.
Last season, Haidara had a strong season for the German side - making 43 appearances and scoring six goals in all competitions.
The Mali international has a £33 million release clause in his contract and has already admitted to "dreaming" of playing for United at some point in his career.
Rangnick is credited for having a huge influences on coaches like Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, Ralph Hasenhüttl and Julian Nagelsmann.
And he is set to bring a unique and intense training drill to United upon his arrival.
At previous clubs, Rangnick came up with "countdown clock" as a concept - a demanding drill where players must win possession back within EIGHT seconds of losing the ball.
Then, to take it up a notch they must create a change on goal in TEN seconds.
A large clock will be visible and ticking to put the players under added pressure.
He also once used a spinning wheel to decide on punishments for players who fell foul of rules and regulations in place at Leipzig.