With Ralf Rangnick determined to trim and refresh his Manchester United side, the Reds will likely be one of the busiest Premier League sides in the transfer window


ByPatrick Austen-Hardy


Manchester United look set to be one of the busiest Premier League sides in the upcoming January transfer window. Various reports have claimed interim manager Ralf Rang-nick is set to be handed a £100m transfer war chest in the New Year.

The former RB Leipzig manager is only set to be in Old Trafford dug-out until next summer, yet he could be set to have a huge say in the incomings and outgoings next month.

His United reign has began in steady fashion, with two 1-0 victories against Crystal Palace and Norwich City in his first two Premier League matches. And with a huge squad shake up appearing to be on the cards, this week newspapers are considering three of the latest transfer rumours to emanate from the red half of Manchester.

Numerous reports from Italy are claiming Rangnick is set to let Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford. The Frenchman appears to be on course to depart United on a free transfer, when his current deal expires at the end of the summer.



Uncertainty regarding his future has repeatedly fed disruptive media speculation over the last few seasons, but it appears his chapter at the club is coming to an end.

Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport claims Rangnick does not believe the World Cup winner has done enough to warrant a new contract with improved terms. Pogba is yet to have played under Rangnick, as a result of an injury, suffered while on international duty with France.

United reportedly offered Pogba a new contract earlier in the season, but the midfielder rejected their advance. United winger Anthony Martial will reportedly be allowed to leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window.

The former Monaco forward has been pushed down the pecking order since Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo both arrived in the summer.



Martial’s agent Phillippe Lamboley has also conveyed the striker’s desire to leave the club in the upcoming window. “Anthony wishes to leave the club in January,” Lamboley told reporters. “He just needs to play. He doesn’t want to stay in January and I will speak to the club soon.”

Further reports from Calciomercato have also claimed Italian giants Juventus may be interested in loaning the Frenchman, if they are unable to sign Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

United are ‘moving decisively’ to pip Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain to the signature of AC Milan star Franck Kessie. The Ivory Coast international is one of the hottest free agents in the market, having dazzled for the Serie A giants over the last couple of seasons.

Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino’s side have also been monitoring the midfielder who has impressed as a defensive, advanced, and attacking midfielder.


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