We all know that it can be difficult to get the players you want in the January transfer market. On top of that, Ralf Rangnick has already said that doing business in January is far from ideal.
After being unveiled as interim manager, the German said (via the Manchester Evening News): “From my experience, winter is not the best time for sustainable transfers and with the quality of players we have here, it would in theory only make sense if you can get players who can guarantee you more quality. From experience, this will be difficult in the winter.”
But that doesn’t mean Rangnick won’t be looking for new players next month. It means that United won’t make a move in the transfer market unless it’s right for the team.
According to The Athletic, Rangnick has identified a tall midfielder as a top priority to replace Nemanja Matic, which is exactly what the team is crying out for.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer targeted West Ham’s Declan Rice and it is believed that Rangnick admires the England international, too.
Jude Bellingham is another name that will be constantly mentioned because as far as young players go, he’s one of the best in Europe at the moment, with a ceiling so high he could be a player dominating midfielders for over a decade.
As pointed out in the report, neither of these players will be moving from their present clubs – though I’m sure Rice would if he could.
Is there anyone else that comes to mind as alternatives to Rice and Bellingham?