Man Utd have made RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku one of their summer targets, according to reports.
The 24-year-old recently made his France debut after scoring 17 goals and providing 12 assists in the Bundesliga so far this campaign.
Nkunku has two years left on his contract at the end of this season and a reported release clause of around £62m, with lots of clubs taking interest in him.
He has played as an attacking midfielder this season too but many of his goals have also come when he’s been deployed as a forward.
And ESPN reporter Mark Ogden recently claimed that the Man Utd scouts had stunned interim boss Rangnick when they admitted that they had compiled no information on Nkunku.
Since then Sky Sport Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg has insisted that Nkunku is now on United’s ‘list’ for the summer transfer window.
He confirms that Rangnick ‘is a big fan’ and that ‘there were talks about the player’ with the Premier League club now ‘considering the option of bringing him’ to Old Trafford.
However, Plettenberg hinted that the Red Devils could have to clear some room as ‘there are still too many other options in the squad’ at Man Utd.
News #Nkunku: He’s on #MUFC ‘s list for summer! Rangnick is a big fan of him. Internally there were talks about the player. Club is considering the option of bringing him to Manchester United. But there are still too many other options in the squad. #TransferUpdate @Sky_Marc🟨
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) April 11, 2022
And, although Rangnick has given his approval to a deal for Nkunku, Man Utd will need their new manager – which looks likely to be Ajax boss Erik ten Hag – to green light any transfers.
Meanwhile, interim boss Rangnick questioned whether his side deserved Champions League football after they lost 1-0 to Everton on Saturday to deal a blow to their chances of finishing in the top four.
“Whenever we score the first goal, we had enough confidence and we won most of those games,” Rangnick said. “But when you concede the first goal, we lost a little bit of our composure and maybe confidence.
“With all respect to Everton because they have a good team, but if you don’t score against a team who conceded three goals against Burnley in the end you cannot expect to get anything out of it.
“The players themselves should be eager to play international football, if possible Champions League.
“But if we play like we did here we just don’t deserve it. In order to qualify for Europe you have to be able to score in 95 minutes in a game like this.”
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