Ralf Rangnick started putting £33m transfer in motion days after joining Man Utd

Interim Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick began putting a £33million transfer move in motion days after his arrival at Old Trafford.

Rangnick is seeking to guide the Red Devils to a place in the Premier League’s top four, though Saturday’s draw at Aston Villa threatens to see them slip back in the race.

But the German is struggling to get his ideas across to his squad, with a series of underwhelming performances blighting his reign so far.

One way in which he can improve the squad is through the transfer market, with Rangnick renowned for his work in finding hidden gems while at RB Leipzig.

According to the Mirror, Rangnick feels that is something that he will have to rely on at United as he does not have the right squad to bring in a gegenpressing system.

It is stated that his plans started as early as the first few days of his reign at the end of November, when he replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The report states that soon after his arrival in Manchester, Rangnick contact Leipzig to put a move for Amadou Haidara ‘in motion’.

Rangnick has signed Haidara twice before, first while he was sporting director at Red Bull Salzburg and then when he was manager of Leipzig.

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Haidara has since become one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga, with Leipzig valuing him at around £33m.

Despite a disappointing season so far for Leipzig as a whole, Haidara has continued to impress and appears likely to move on.

United would certainly welcome the arrival of the Mali international, with central midfielder one of the biggest weaknesses in Rangnick’s squad.

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But while Rangnick set a deal for the 23-year-old in motion, it is stated that United are still yet to submit a bid for him.

That delay is said to have alerted Premier League strugglers Newcastle, who are themselves attempting to overhaul their squad.

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