Manchester United are already on the brink of agreeing to Ralf Rangnick’s plans to sign a key player for his system. The German has made RB Leipzig star Amadou Haidara a top target, who has a release clause of £32million.
Rangnick has lined up Haidara as first signing of his tenure at United, reports say.
The midfielder is known for his relentless pressing and would fill the gap in the centre of the pitch that has haunted the Red Devils this campaign.
With the German coach hellbent on changing attitudes in the dressing room, having his own on-pitch lieutenant to fill out his orders will be a huge boost.
Rangnick knows all about the 23-year-old, having signed him twice over his career – first for Red Bull Salzburg in 2016 then taking him to RB Leipzig in 2019.
United’s problems in midfield have been well-documented this year and is one of the main reasons why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked.
The Norwegian was actually desperate to sign a defensive midfielder in the summer but the club opted to move for Cristiano Ronaldo instead.
And while the Portugal international’s goals have been vital, the likes of Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic have faltered further behind him on the pitch.
According to The Sun, Rangnick has already held talks with Haidara’s agency and is keen to strike a deal in January.
The Mali international has a £32m release clause that comes into play in the summer but United are keen on paying the fee now and wrapping up a deal this winter.
Haidara will depart for the African Cup of Nations early in the New Year but the player is keen, who grew up a United fan and is expected to see a boost on his current £60,000-a-week wages.
The midfielder has even expressed his wish to play at Old Trafford in the past, making a deal a dream come true.
“I like Manchester United very much and watch as many games as possible. I dream of playing there,” he told Bild in 2019.
Rangnick is not expected to splash the cash majorly in January and will work with the squad he has but Haidara is one signing he is determined to land.
His first job will be to revitalise the careers of Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who have been desperately out of form this season.
United take on Crystal Palace this afternoon in Rangnick’s first game on charge of the club having watched them beat Arsenal earlier in the week.