Man Utd transfer round-up – Anthony Martial move takes twist as Jesse Lingard nears exit

The latest gossip as Ralf Rangnick continues to work on potential ins and outs in his first transfer window since taking over as Manchester United interim manager

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Manchester United will be grateful for the break from Premier League action as they attempt to put some off-field challenges behind them and reignite their top-four push.

Interim manager Ralf Rangnick is attempting to deal with a squad packed with unhappy players, with some reportedly regretting the club’s decision to opt for the German rather than offering the job to Antonio Conte.

United are still expected to be busy in the transfer market, though. Teden Mengi has already completed a loan move to Birmingham City, with other exits due to follow, but there will also be some new recruits if Rangnick gets his way.

Arsenal, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur are all still ahead of United in the race for the fourth Champions League spot, but if the manager is able to strengthen in key positions then hopes of a top-four finish are far from over.

Here, Mirror Football looks at some of the latest transfer gossip as United attempt to make the most of a big month.

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Lingard is unhappy with his lack of minutes


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West Ham revive Lingard interest

Jesse Lingard is among the United players said to be unhappy after broken promises under Solskjaer haven’t been followed by a noticeable increase in minutes under Rangnick.

The England international returned to Gareth Southgate’s squad after an impressive loan spell at West Ham United last season, but his situation since returning to Old Trafford has seen him drop back out with a place in the 2022 World Cup squad at risk.

According to talkSPORT, the Hammers are exploring the possibility of bringing the 29-year-old back to the London Stadium on a permanent deal, with the club hopeful of persuading him to leave in January rather than waiting until his contract expires in the summer.

Lingard’s contract situation means the fee would likely be a lot less than United were asking over the summer, with the midfielder showing few signs of wanting to extend his stay,

“Contact made” over Zagadou deal

Zagadou is out of contract in the summer


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Rangnick has long favoured young players with high ceilings, and this approach has seen United linked with Borussia Dortmund defender Dan-Axel Zagadou.

According to FootMercato, Dortmund are keen to keep hold of the French under-21 international, but his contract is up in the summer and United have begun discussions with his representatives.

The French publication notes that the 22-year-old’s agent Moussa Sissoko also represents Ousmane Dembele, another player targeted by United in recent times.

Zagadou would be available on a free transfer over the summer, but United are in the midst of a defensive injury crisis which saw Phil Jones brought back into the side for the first time in nearly two years on Monday.

Martial twist amid Barcelona’s Morata pursuit

Martial is still looking for a way out


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Barcelona’s move for Ferran Torres saw reports linking them with Anthony Martial begin to cool, but it looks like being a busy window for the Catalan club.

Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a Premier League switch, with Aston Villa the latest club mentioned in connection with the Brazilian, and further outgoings could allow Barca to add another forward to their ranks.

Alvaro Morata is one of the players favoured by Xavi, but Sport reports that Martial is now back in the club’s orbit with Juventus “making it very difficult” regarding the Morata pursuit.

Barcelona aren’t the only Spanish club interested in Martial, with Sevilla also holding talks with United, as the French striker aims to continue his career away from Manchester.

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