Ralf Rangnick may already have identified his first signing at Manchester United, with the club prepared to meet Amadou Haidara's £32million release clause in January.
United are in need of midfield reinforcements with Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba all expected to leave the club, giving Rangnick an area to target in what may be his only transfer window in the dugout.
Rangnick last managed RB Leipzig before becoming the director of football for Lokomotiv Moscow, and there were rumours that he would turn to his former side in January.
The reports appear to be true, as Haidara could be making his way to Old Trafford.
Haidara's name was mentioned as soon as Rangnick was announced by United, as well as teammate Christopher Nkunku, with Leipzig bracing themselves for a raid from their former manager.
However, although United are willing to pay the midfielder's release clause, they won't be able to sign Haidara until January as that is when the clause kicks into action.
Despite this, United don't want to lose out on their primary target, and are willing to pay the release up front to Leipzig, who are likely to allow the deal to take place.
Sources in Germany claim that Rangnick, who took him to Leipzig from Salzburg two years ago, has already spoken to Haidara’s agent Volker Struth, and a deal is all but agreed.
The 23-year-old signed for Leipzig in 2019 after joining sister club Salzburg three years earlier, and the sale to United will spread the wealth around the Red Bull clubs as 15% of the sell on fee will go to the Austrian outfit.
The Mali international has starred in a defensive midfield this season for Leipzig, and even scored his first Champions League goal against United a year ago.
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