Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Football Reporting
Football Reporting

Arsenal

Man United eye RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku in summer transfer window


Manchester United have added Christopher Nkunku to their list of summer targets after interim manager Ralf Rangnick urged the club to step up their interest in the RB Leipzig midfielder, sources told ESPN.

United, who are aiming to hire a permanent successor to former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the end of the season, have prioritised the midfield department for strengthening due to the expectation that Paul Pogba will leave Old Trafford as a free agent when his contract expires at the end of June.

Don’t have ESPN? Get instant access
Notebook: United stars frustrated with Rangnick training

Nkunku, 24, has scored 19 goals and registered 13 assists in 31 appearances at Leipzig this season and is regarded by many as one of the best emerging players in the Bundesliga.

His performances in Germany since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 — when he signed for Leipzig while Rangnick was the club’s director of football — have attracted the attention of Europe’s leading clubs including Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

But sources have said that United’s interest has only emerged since Rangnick arrived at Old Trafford in December and reviewed the club’s list of potential signings.

Sources have told ESPN that Nkunku, who has yet to make his senior debut for France after representing Les Bleus at under-age level, was not previously being considered by United’s recruitment team as a possible signing, despite his reputation within Germany and across Europe.

However, United’s scouts have been told to increase their focus on Nkunku, who can operate as an attacking midfielder and also as a wide player down both flanks.

With Nkunku under contract at Leipzig until June 2024, the club’s global head of football, Oliver Mintzlaff, said at the weekend that every effort will be made to keep him at the Red Bull Arena this summer.

“He [Nkunku] will also play with us next season because of course he is a very important player,” Mintzlaff told Sky Deutschland. “In football nothing is ever certain, but that’s our plan.

“We don’t have many players who can leave us in the summer. We want to strengthen the team rather than weaken it.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.



Source link

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like

Champions League

Despite returning to Manchester United just a year ago, Cristiano Ronaldo may be set to depart the Red Devils after the club failed to...

Barcelona

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has insisted the club have no intention of selling Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong this summer. Sources told ESPN...

International

Manchester United are determined for Cristiano Ronaldo to see out his contract amid claims the Portugal international wants out after realising he made a...

Arsenal

United States goalkeeper Ethan Horvath was loaned to Luton Town by Nottingham Forest for the coming season on Saturday. Horvath joined Nottingham Forest a...