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Four defenders Ralf Rangnick could target as he looks to solve Man United’s defensive woes

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New Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has already identified the area he wants to bolster most in the transfer market.

That position group is defence, with the Red Devils currently the unwanted owners of the worst defensive record in the top seven of the Premier League.

Rangnick is renowned as a transfer market guru, bringing in players for low fees who go on to become stars.

He will certainly need to replicate that at Old Trafford, where he will be in charge until the end of the season.

United desperately need to secure Champions League qualification, but face a huge battle with West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham to do so.

But if they are to secure a top four spot, Rangnick must find a solution to their current penchant for conceding goals.

 According to Daily Express Sport below are the four defenders Rangnick could target to fix those problems…

Jules Kounde

The man Chelsea who made their main target in the summer has now emerged as a potential option for United.

Kounde has helped Sevilla to keep seven clean sheets so far this season, the joint-best defensive record in La Liga.

The Frenchman is ready to take the step up to the next level and a t just 23-years-old would appear to be the perfect Rangnick signing.

Sven Botman

Botman has already been a key player in one title-winning campaign, having played 37 games as Lille ended as the surprising champions of Ligue 1 last season.

He started this campaign as a starter at centre-back for Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side, though they have only kept one clean sheet.

His performances have still been impressive though, with the Dutchman attracting the interest of Liverpool among others.

Matthijs De Ligt

A move for De Ligt would likely be much more expensive than Rangnick is used to, though Juventus are open to offers for the Dutchman.

De Ligt starred as Ajax reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019, captaining the Dutch giants.

His performances earned him a move to Juve, but his time in Serie A has been more of a struggle, though his potential to be the next great centre-back is obvious.

Josko Gvardiol

Rangnick will likely look to his former clubs Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig when it comes to potential targets.

And one man who could be high up the shopping list is Josko Gvardiol, who is currently a regular starter under Jesse Marsch at Leipzig.

The 29-year-old is the third-most expensive Croatian of all time and also has the ability to play at left-back, which has been another problem position for United this season.

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.

Felix has endured a difficult start to the season for Atletico and is yet to score in five starts in the league.

Last season wasn’t much better for Felix, only managing 24 league starts.
With competition up top including French international Antoine Griezmann, Felix is often used as a rotation option under Diego Simeone.

Now, according to Fichajes, a move to the Premier League could be on the cards, with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal all interested in signing the striker.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea will need to find a long-term replacement for their current first-choice strikers.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both reaching the latter stage of their careers for their respective clubs, so bringing a player with a similar age profile to Felix would be a smart move.

A move to Arsenal may not benefit Felix’s development as much, with Gabriel Jesus performing exceptionally well for the North London club and still only 25 years old.

 

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Manchester United transfer news RECAP plus fixture updates and Cody Gakpo latest

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Manchester United and fellow Premier League clubs are counting down the days until they can strike-up further business in the transfer market. Erik ten Hag welcomed six players to Old Trafford during his first window and they have all made their mark in the starting XI.

Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez have all quickly become mainstays, while Antony broke a record set by Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he scored on Sunday night. That 2-1 victory over Everton also saw former Real Madrid player Casemiro handed his first Premier League start for the club.

Martin Dubravka was the other recruit, signing on a season-long loan from Newcastle.

With one eye on January and future windows, meanwhile, United are understood to still have Frenkie de Jong on their radar, while elite clubs from across Europe will be queuing up for Jude Bellingham should he decided to leave Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the near transfer window.
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So good’: Reece James and Carney Chukwuemeka react to display from £135m star Chelsea reportedly want to sign

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Jude Bellingham shined yet again last night for Borussia Dortmund on the Champions League stage, which received some interesting reaction from a Chelsea perspective.

England star Bellingham, 19, scored in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw against Sevilla. It means the teenage midfielder has now scored in all four Champions League group stage matches so far this season

Afterwards, Bellingham posted on Instagram “more to do” following Dortmund’s midweek result in Europe.

There were some interesting replies in the comment section, especially from two current Chelsea stars.

“Another day at the office”, Reece James posted.

Carney Chukwuemeka added: “So, so good”.

Bellingham in Champions League

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Bellingham plays alongside plenty of Chelsea stars on the international stage with England, so let’s hope they can put in a good word to try tempt him to the Bridge.

He’s an all – action central midfielder that offers so much both offensively and defensively.

 

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