Man Utd identify Leipzig star as January target with Rangnick set to be backed

Newly-appointed Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick is considering reuniting with RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara and making the midfielder one of his first signings at Old Trafford.

The German was announced as Red Devils boss on Monday, signing on a six-month contract before moving into a consultancy for the following two years.

Rangnick has an almighty task on his hands to help United secure Champions League football despite their recent torrid run of results under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But the 63-year-old will have an incredibly talented squad at his disposal for his short time in the dugout, though he is already looking to strengthen the unit in January.

According to The Times, Rangnick is considering, for the second time in his career, signing Haidara from Leipzig.

The 23-year-old was purchased by the new United boss from RB Salzburg in 2019 and the midfielder has since impressed in the Bundesliga.

Haidara reportedly has a £33million release clause in his contract and would be the ideal signing for Rangnick as he attempts to implement his high pressing, aggressive tactics in the Premier League. The report goes on to say that the new manager will be backed by the board in January.

If Leipzig do receive a suitable offer, Haidara’s previous comments suggest that he would have no hesitation in making the move to United.

Speaking in 2019, the midfielder told BILD: “I like Manchester United very much and watch as many games as possible. I dream of playing there.”

But if United are to secure the Mali international’s signature then they may have to act quickly as they aren’t the only Premier League club linked with him.

Newcastle were reportedly interested in signing Haidara over the summer but weren’t willing to meet Leipzig’s release clause and therefore put their pursuit on hold. But the arrival of their new ownership means that there is every chance that the Magpies could reignite their interest.

With Paul Pogba yet to commit his future to United despite his contract expiring at the end of the season, the signing of Haidara could indicate that the Frenchman will be departing, or used as a tactic to persuade the former Juventus star to stay by providing him with a top-quality midfield partner.

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