Ralf Rangnick has identified the middle of the park as a priority in January as he looks to sign a holding midfielder – something that the club failed to do in the summer window

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Ruben Neves has emerged as Manchester United’s latest target as Ralf Rangnick targets a new midfielder.

The interim boss is expected to add reinforcements in the upcoming transfer window as he starts to mold United to his liking.

And the German has identified the middle of the park as a priority as he looks to sign a holding midfielder – something that the club failed to do in the summer under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United have been heavily linked with Amadou Haidara from RB Leipzig given Rangnick’s familiarity with the Malian international when they worked together in Germany.

Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni is also on the 63-year-old’s shortlist.







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But Neves is the latest name to be linked with a switch to Old Trafford after his impressive rise at Wolves.

The Portuguese international has been one of the standout performers for the Midlands side since their promotion to the Premier League under Nuno Espirito Santo.

Wolves’ current financial crisis has seen a number of players linked with moves away from the club, which has put a number of suitors on alert in regards to Neves.

Fichajes claims the Red Devils are in the hunt but will face stiff competition from Arsenal,Tottenham,Liverpool and Chelsea who are all looking to sign the 24-year-old.

It’s been claimed that Rangnick will have a £100m budget to operate with for January, but the Man United boss has remained tight-lipped on his plans on the transfer front.

He said: “We haven’t spoken about new players, it’s not the time to think about new players. We have to get to know the players we have currently: the squad is definitely not too small.

“Maybe after Christmas, there will be a time to talk about possible transfers in the winter. In my experience, winter is not the time for sustainable transfers. It will be difficult in the winter.”

Speculation is rife of there being an exodus at United as Rangnick trims his bloated squad.







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Anthony Martial is one player who could leave after his agent express his client’s desire to find a new club.

He told Sky Sports: “Anthony (Martial) wishes to leave the club in January.

“He just needs to play. He doesn’t want to stay in January and I will speak to the club soon.”

Rangnick insists he has not heard anything from the forward but has warned that he should tell him directly if he’s unhappy, instead of communicating through his agent.






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He said: “I don’t communicate with agents via the media or the press. The player hasn’t spoken with me or with us about it… to be honest, what his agent has said in the media is not that much of interest.”

Asked whether he would speak to the forward about his agent’s admission, Rangnick added: “No, because then I’d react to what the agent has said.

“It should be the player. If a player wishes to go to another club, it should be the player who informs either the board or myself, whoever.

“I have never spoken to a player via media or agents.”

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