Manchester United may be ready for some new signings and departures in January as they prepare to welcome their new interim coach Ralf Rangnick, who is set to sign a six-month contract with the club.
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Manchester United are likely to have a busy January transfer window as the Red Devils prepare for the upcoming appointment of Ralf Rangnick.
The German agreed to take charge until the end of the season on a temporary basis after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last week.
The 63-year-old, who is widely seen as a mentor to respected coaches such as Jurgen Klopp and Julian Nagelsmann, is hoping to put Man United in shape after some poor results recently.
It remains to be seen how much power Rangnick will have on the side when it comes to transfers after spending a summer of £120m on Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
But former RB Leipzig’s preference for complete control suggests he may be given the freedom to bring in reinforcements in the winter transfer window.
Likewise, there are question marks over the future of some players who have lost their luck at Old Trafford, leaving Rangnick with a daunting task as he prepares to take over.
So, who could arrive as part of the Rangnick change – and which players could head for the exit?
Here are the latest diversion rumors and gossip from the Manchester red half.
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The eyes of the Red Devils, the star of Real Madrid
Reports in Spain suggest that Manchester United are keeping an eye on Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr ahead of his potential £100m move.
The Brazilian winger began offering his potential when Real paid £40m to sign him from Flamengo when he was just 16 years old.
Vinicius has been in great shape, scoring 10 goals and seven assists in 18 games for Los Blancos this season so far, thriving under Carlo Ancelotti.
But Spain’s El Nacional claims Man United have set their sights on trying to lure the Madrid forward into the Premier League by making an irresistible bid.
Vinicius is believed to be keen to stay in Spain and his contract still has three years to go before it expires.
However, it appears United may be willing to lure Real’s determination on the 21-year-old, especially if he succeeds in his attempts to bring down Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.
Duo checkout plans delay
Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial seem keen to see how Rangnick plans for Man United’s futures after delaying a decision on their future.
Van de Beek has made just one start in the Premier League this season and five in total in the league since his move from Ajax to £35m in September 2020.
The Dutchman was frozen under Solskjaer, even if the 24-year-old scored the last goal in the Norwegian’s reign in the 4-1 defeat at Watford.
The midfielder proved to be a beloved figure with fans, who called for Van de Beek to be called up, and Michael Carrick had started in the 2-0 win over Villarreal on Tuesday.
Similarly, Martial fell down the standings after scoring just seven goals in all competitions last season and having only started three times this season.
Both were expected to seek either a loan or a permanent exit in January to boost their chances of joining their national teams ahead of next year’s World Cup.
But ESPN claims the pair now have second thoughts about leaving United, with Rangnick’s impending arrival forcing them to consider their options.
Barcelona is keen on Cavani
Rangnick could face a battle to keep Edinson Cavani out of Barcelona’s clutches, with a January transfer reportedly on the horizon for the Uruguay international.
The 34-year-old has extended his contract by one year after an impressive campaign for the first time in England, scoring 17 goals in all competitions.
But the return of Old Trafford champion Cristiano Ronaldo limited Cavani’s time on the pitch after Solskjaer’s failed attempt to engage the pair as strike partners.
The Spanish newspaper Fichajes reported that Xavi, the new Barcelona president, has set his sights on adding a striker to his ranks amid uncertainty over Sergio Aguero’s future.
Cavani will be free to discuss the terms of the free transfer from January with his deal expiring in June 2022, which means Rangnick’s first step as interim chief could be persuading the striker to stay in place.