Rangnick comments on Martial's Man Utd future amid exit talk
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Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick appreciates Boubacar Kamara for his physical and technical attributes ahead of the January transfer window, reports say. The Red Devils have endured a difficult campaign so far. And they could reinforce their squad next month as a result.
Manchester United made four signings during the summer transfer window, bringing in Tom Heaton, Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Yet they’re still nowhere near winning the Premier League title, nearly nine years after Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.
Rangnick is now the man in charge at Old Trafford after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost his job last month, less than 24 hours after a defeat to Watford.
It’s previously been claimed the 63-year-old has identified the club’s midfield as a weakness – despite having Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay all at his disposal.
Over the past couple of weeks, United have been linked with Kamara.
The Marseille star’s contract expires at the end of the campaign, meaning the Ligue 1 giants could accept a lower fee for him in January.
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And Calciomercato claim Rangnick admires Kamara from both a physical and technical perspective with the transfer window creeping closer.
It’s stated by the publication that AC Milan are also eyeing the 22-year-old.
Yet United are said to be ‘trying to gain position’ in the race for Kamara, while they’re also ‘studying overtaking’ Milan for a potential deal.
Kamara is supposedly yet to decide on his future.
But United have the money in the bank to blow their rivals out of the water, either in January or when his contract expires at the end of the season.
If the Red Devils do sign Kamara, it’s feasible he’l dislodge either Fred or McTominay from Rangnick’s side.
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And he’s not the only player who United have on their shortlist, with links to alternatives arising in recent months.
They’re long-term admirers of Declan Rice, who has helped West Ham enjoy a stunning season under David Moyes so far.
Yet signing the Hammers star won’t be easy, especially given his importance over at the London Stadium.
Likewise, Kalvin Phillips.
Like Rice, United are admirers of the Leeds star – despite the player struggling ever since the European Championships back in the summer.
But there’s a sense Phillips wouldn’t move to Old Trafford anyway due to the loyalty he feels towards Leeds.
United rarely buy in January – with their record in that month certainly hit and miss.
Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra were both hits upon arriving in 2006, back when Ferguson ruled the roost, while Bruno Fernandes has sparkled since his own move in January 2020.
However, Alexis Sanchez, Zoran Tosic and Odion Ighalo are some of the duds they’ve snapped up in that month over the years.
And whether they push ahead with plans to sign Kamara ultimately remains to be seen.
Speaking earlier this month, meanwhile, Rangnick clarified his stance on possible reinforcements arriving in January.
He said: “My opinion on winter transfers is clear. It needs to be a player who improves the quality, who helps the team to get better.
“It needs to be a high-quality player, no matter which area of the pitch. On the other hand, it needs to be a player who, if they were available in the summer, they’re available for similar conditions in the winter.
“Then it might make sense. It needs to be the right mentality as well as the right quality.”
He also added: “We’ve three or four or five training sessions, but it’s still too early to speak about what we might do in the transfer window.
“If I look at the number of players we have it’s still a big squad, we definitely do not have not enough players but we also need to make sure that players want to stay here.
“If they’re not getting enough game time, it might make sense to speak individually with those players, to see what might work.”
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