Manchester United could reportedly snub Ralf Rangnick’s transfer demands again after blocking a January move for Christopher Nkunku. The attacker has impressed for RB Leipzig, the club where Rangnick held the posts of manager and sporting director.
In fact, it was as sporting director that Rangnick brought Nkunku to Leipzig from Paris Saint-Germain in 2019.
The Frenchman has thrived in Germany this season, scoring 19 goals and notching 13 assists in all competitions.
That form is all the more impressive when Leipzig’s horrendous start to the campaign is taken into account, with Jesse Marsch sacked in December after winning just five league games.
And it appears that Nkunku has caught the eye despite the struggles of his team, with a range of clubs throughout Europe interested in the 24-year-old.
Nkunku’s situation is becoming increasingly attractive to his suitors, as he enters the final two years of his contract.
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But it is stated that United’s hierarchy decided to block those plans, with the club failing to make any signings last month.
And Rangnick has received a further blow in his attempts to link back with Nkunku, despite his close relationship with the player.
BILD report that while United will be on the hunt for a centre-forward in the summer, they aren’t convinced Nkunku will be the right fit.
Though he is capable of playing as a central striker, Nkunku has mainly been deployed in attacking midfield this season.
Despite Rangnick being expected to take on a consultancy role at the end of his period as interim boss, it appears that he currently holds little sway over transfer matters.
United’s stance does appear to be slightly perplexing given Nkunku’s form in front of goal, with the Frenchman scoring four times in his last five Bundesliga outings.
Rangnick too will be forced back to the drawing board if United continue to block his attempts to strengthen.
The continued snubbing of his transfer plans will be unlikely to go down well with the German especially given United’s struggles under his management.