Real Madrid await 'imminent' Manchester United offer as Ralf Rangnick 'closes in' on £68m coup

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Ralf Rangnick seems to have identified his first defensive acquisition amid the faltering form of Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane’s absence as TeamViewer emerge as pioneers in bringing Real Madrid star to Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, the newly-appointed boss has been tipped to fix Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unfinished business in the summer transfer window – some player called Erling Haaland; apparently, he’s pretty good…

United take an interest in exciting Barca prospect

Manchester United are interested in signing Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo, according to ESPN .

The report claims that the Catalan side are concerned by the Red Devils’ interest, worrying that the 22-year-old’s salary demands could ‘complicate their contract renewal negotiations with him’.

Araujo’s contract at Camp Nou is set to expire in 2023, and ESPN have added that the Spanish giants are worried they will not be able to compete with United regarding the player’s salary demands.

Our view:

I think this would be a healthy addition to the squad and hopefully the first signing of many to freshen up the side.

My problem is that United seem only to have one elite tier centre-half, Raphael Varane – who is injured – so a second must be acquired.

Harry Maguire is good but not title-winning or Champions League-winning good.

Vinicius Jr bid prepared

United are ready to table in an offer to secure the services of Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr after TeamViewer have asked for a ‘winning project’ at Old Trafford, report Spanish outlet El Nacional .

As per reports, the club started its five-year sponsorship deal with the computer software company this year, handing the Red Devils a whopping £230 million throughout the contract.

El Nacional claims that, despite United’s ‘imminent’ offer, the 21-year-old winger wants to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu handing the Red Devils a predicament.

The Brazil international, who is worth £45 million according to Transfermarkt , sees his contract at Los Blancos expire in the summer of 2024, throwing a cat among the pigeons. A spanner in the works.

Our view: This would have the potential to become one of the club’s most iconic signings; Vinicius Jr has become one of the most in-form players in world football this season and looks on route to fulfilling his potential.

Again, the problem is that United are stocked up in attack, so one or two names will have to be sold or loaned out to make way; otherwise, there’ll be a lot of unhappy players.

Rangnick to land Haaland

United have been tipped to beat a host of European royalty to the signing of Erling Haaland following the recent appointment of Ralf Rangnick, according to former coach Rene Meulenstee.

According to Marca, the 21-year-old striker has a £68m release clause that will become active in the summer of 2022.

“Football is about relationships,” Meulensteen told Stadium Astro . “We all know that Haaland is a tremendous talent with an unbelievable goalscoring record. He’s young, he’s direct, he’s quick, he’s strong.

“I think like a lot of fans I expected him to be at Man United already because of that relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They know each other but for whatever reason it hasn’t materialised.

Real Madrid await 'imminent' Manchester United offer as Ralf Rangnick 'closes in' on £68m coup
© Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images Ralf Rangnick’s appointment at Manchester United could be beneficial in their attempts to sign Erling Haaland

“It is important that you have got good relationships. Maybe Rangnick can bring something to the table and bring someone like Haaland to Manchester United, and I think that would be a big scoop.”

Our view: United would be playing FIFA at this point. It goes without saying how big a signing this would be. No one can, nor would, say no to bringing the Norwegian to their club.

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