Ralf Rangnick had six transfer targets from Man Utd, including Liverpool…
Former Manchester United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick has revealed six transfer targets he discussed with the club in the January 2022 transfer window. But despite two names being ‘realistic’ options, the Red Devils have decided not to back them. to Rangnick to ‘build under the new coach’ during his miserable tenure.
Interestingly, the six players Rangnick was interested in bolstering their ranks with have already moved clubs this year or are expected to complete a big-money transfer in 2023. express sport scroll through the names, delving into where they are now or what might be on the horizon.
Josko Gvardiol has emerged as one of the most exciting young centre-backs in Europe, and Rangnick was ahead of the curve in trying to sign him from his former club RB Leipzig. Chelsea saw a £77m offer rejected in the summer when Erik ten Hag opted for a £57m deal for Lisandro Martinez. Gvardiol will be coveted once again at the end of the season, but United will be delighted with Martinez’s start to life at Old Trafford.
After Mason Greenwood’s suspension, attacking depth was thin at United last season, and Rangnick was crying out for reinforcements in January. One player he wanted was FC Porto left winger Luis Diaz, whom Liverpool were hailed for snapping up in a £50m move in the same transfer window. Diaz impressively adapted to the Premier League and helped the Reds challenge for the quadruple.
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Christopher Nkunku’s incredible exploits in 2021/22 went a little less under the radar than Diaz’s, and Rangnick was keen to wrest him from Leipzig. The dynamic French striker is now expected to join Chelsea next summer, who are reportedly willing to spend more than their £52m release clause to beat the competition to sign him.
Rangnick also admitted that he was interested in Dusan Vlahovic after he burst onto the scene in Fiorentina. He joined Juventus in the same transfer window but has had a rocky start in Turin and could be available by the time Ten Hag looks for a new striker next summer.
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Álvaro Morata was also thrown into the mix, probably as a cheap alternative if United were unwilling to spend big on a long-term solution. The former Chelsea striker was on loan at Juventus and is now back at Atlético de Madrid. It is unlikely that he will be the player chosen by United to replace Cristiano Ronaldo next year.
Last but not least, Rangnick claimed that he had urged United to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund when he was still available, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did when he was at Molde. But bitter rivals Manchester City swooped in to complete a summer deal and, well, it’s fair to say it couldn’t have had a worse impact on the Red Devils and the rest of the Premier League…
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