Ralf Rangnick targets Chelsea star as he draws up four-man shortlist ahead of £100m splurge

Ralf Rangnick is reportedly targeting a reunion with Timo Werner at Manchester United.

The 63-year-old has been given a budget of £100million in January as the Red Devils look to make multiple signings in the upcoming window.

And the new Man United boss is keen to use his ties at RB Leipzig and Salzburg to make quality additions.

Amadou Haidara and Christopher Nkunku are two players who worked under him that are on his radar.

But it’s also claimed that Werner is on Rangnick’s four-man shortlist as the striker continues to struggle at Chelsea.

Werner made his name teaming up with Ragnick at Leipzig as the Blues would spend £47.5m on the German forward.

But the pacey attacker has failed to replicate that form in the Premier League and is reportedly available in the upcoming window for the right price.

And reports in Germany state that Ragnick is interested in linking up with his former player and feels he can get the best out of Werner once again at United.

The fourth and final player on Rangnick’s shortlist is Erling Haaland but United are waiting until the summer to pounce.

The Borussia Dortmund striker has a release clause of £63m that can be triggered at the end of the season with a host of clubs expected to come calling.

But United hope they will have the edge over their rivals.

Rangnick has a close relationship with Haaland’s father, former Leeds and Manchester City midfielder Alf-Inge.

He was also sporting director at RB Salzburg where Haaland originally burst onto the scene before he was sold to Dortmund for £18m at the start of 2020.

Dortmund insist they will do everything they can to retain Haaland beyond next summer, who is under contract until 2024.

They plan to double Haaland’s wages, which would make him the top earner at the club, removing the 2022 release clause in the process.

“Of course, we are trying to give him the feeling that Borussia Dortmund continues to be a top location for him and that he can still develop here,” Dortmund’s head of first-team football, Sebastian Kehl told Bild.

“Maybe we can still convince him. We will fight for him. We will try everything. The decision has not yet been made, but I would bet €100 [on him staying].”