Ralf Rangnick’s appointment as Manchester United’s interim boss has sparked up transfer rumours galore about who the German could sign in the winter transfer window. With United desperately in need of a central midfielder, reports linking the club to RB Leipzig star Amadou Haidara have sprung up given Rangnick’s links to the Bundesliga outfit. Express Sport takes a look at four players United may include in a swap deal for the Malian.
English talents prior to this decade rarely went abroad, especially at a young age.
But recently, an influx of British whizz-kids have plied their trade in the Bundesliga, and have fared better off in their careers for doing so.
Jude Bellingham, Demarai Gray, Ryan Kent, Ademola Lookman and, of course, Jadon Sancho have all endured better careers off the back of spending some part of their developmental stage in Germany.
And with Tuanzebe yet to feature prominently in England despite three separate loan spells at Aston Villa, his time could be best served in the German top-flight.
The Uruguayan joined United in October 2020 from Uruguayan side Penarol for a fee of £8million.
Just 18 at the time, he has since been shipped out to Spanish side Deportivo Alaves on a year-and-a-half loan.
The winger will likely find minutes hard to come by at Old Trafford considering Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Sancho all play at the club.
And with Leipzig focusing their club strategy on youth thanks to Rangnick’s implementation in his time at the Red Bull Arena, Pellistri would be a perfect inclusion in a swap deal to Leipzig for the midfielder’s services.
Lingard could be another high-profile Englishman to travel over to Germany.
Having just six months left on his contract, the Englishman’s lack of game time at United has reportedly left him reeling.
There are supposed offers to be made by West Ham and Newcastle in January for his services, although Leipzig could offer him European football.
And with Haidara leaving, it would be one midfielder in and one midfielder out for both sides, making the recruitment process easier.