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

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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].”

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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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