Man Utd consider launching £35m bid to meet Ralf Rangnick’s transfer request


Ruben Neves

Ruben Neves is attracting strong interest from Manchester United (Picture: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Manchester United are reportedly determined to sign Wolves star Ruben Neves this month with Ralf Rangnick desperate for midfield reinforcements.

The German boss has made it his priority to strengthen in midfield during the January transfer window and United are ready to back the interim boss.

The Sun claim the Red Devils could make an offer of around £35m to try and lure Neves away from Wolves having previously kept tabs on him when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in charge.

The Portuguese is happy at Wolves for now but doesn’t look set to sign a new deal beyond the two years left on his current contract.

Wolves would be reluctant to part with the 24-year-old midway through the season and would not entertain offers below £40m, the report adds.

Rangnick has already urged Donny van de Beek not to push for a loan move this month with his current midfield options consisting of Scott McTominay, Fred, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata.

But the German boss is looking for more competition and Sky Sports claim that as well as scouting Neves, they are also considering a move for Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara.


Boubacar Kamara

Boubacar Kamara is on Manchester United’s radar (Picture: John Berry/Getty Images)

The highly-rated 22-year-old is out of contract in the summer and is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a club outside of France.

United will have to move quickly though with Newcastle and Roma also interested.

The club’s need for a midfielder is also heightened by the uncertainty surrounding Paul Pogba, who will become a free agent at the end of the campaign.

Rangnick made it clear last month he would not be going out of his way to persuade players to stay at the club if they wanted to leave.

‘Players have to want to stay and play for the club,’ said Rangnick.

‘For a big club like Manchester United, if a player does not want to play for a club like Manchester United, even in the long term, I don’t think it makes sense to convince him to change his mind.

‘This is such a massive club [with] such fantastic support, I don’t think that anyone in the club should then try to convince the player to stay.’

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