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Manchester United’s midfield has been recognized as a weak spot by Ralf Rangnick, according to ESPN’s Insider Notebook.
Chelsea fearing Azpilicueta’s departure | Man City interested in Arsenal’s Tavares | Van De Beek’s Everton transfer is off | Spurs’ Bergwijn on the move?
Rangnick raises his voice. Bellingham, Haidara, and Phillips are all towns in the state of Washington.
According to ESPN, Ralf Rangnick recognized Manchester United’s midfield as a problem in his discussion with club executives and proposed individuals of interest before being hired as temporary manager.
Rangnick impressed during meetings with United’s football director John Murtough, technical director Darren Fletcher, and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward as the club looked for a replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was fired.
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According to ESPN, he stated why the team should seek to buy in midfield and that scouts take a closer look at RB Leipzig’s Amadou Haidara, as well as Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund and Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United. Meanwhile, Rangnick referenced Bellingham’s Dortmund colleague Erling Haaland, a long-term United target, ahead of what is expected to be a Europe-wide war for his signing in the summer.
Rangnick gave Fred and Scott McTominay starting in his first game as interim manager last Sunday, a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace in which Fred scored the game’s only goal, and although the new boss was satisfied with the duo, he did see potential for development.
“They made one or two or three errors,” Rangnick observed, noting that there were two square passes in the first half, one from Scott and one from Fred. “In certain areas, I don’t like those sorts of balls in midfield. However, when the other side has control of the ball, both Fred and Scotty are almost ideal for that kind of football.”
Rangnick emphasized his desire to work closely with the club’s academy, which is an important factor for Murtough and Woodward, who want to see young players given opportunities in professional football. Charlie Savage and Zidane Iqbal, both 18 years old, made their Champions League debuts against Young Boys on Wednesday, as United ended their group stage campaign with a 1-1 draw.
Rangnick has been authorized to look into the possibilities of new players in the January transfer window, according to ESPN sources, although both he and the club anticipate a quiet month. Rangnick feels the team he took over from Solskjaer is too large, and that departures are more probable than major signings as a result. Rob Dawson’s comment
Manchester United are interested in Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and RB Leipzig’s Amadou Haidara. Getty Images/Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images
Barcelona is keeping an eye on Azpilicueta’s Chelsea discussions.
According to ESPN, Chelsea players and staff are concerned that Cesar Azpilicueta may leave the club on a free transfer, with Barcelona dominating the battle to sign him.
The 32-year-contract old’s expires at the end of the season, and although the club was calm about the potential of his contract expiring due to his long-term commitment to the club, negotiations have stalled.
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According to sources, one major sticking point is the length of contract Azpilicueta is asking. From next month, he will be free to deal directly with other teams; Barcelona has been watching him, while Atletico Madrid is thought to be interested in replacing Kieran Trippier, who has been linked with a return to the Premier League.
No decision has been made, and discussions about a contract extension have been described as “active” by one source involved indirectly, but other sources claim that Chelsea members of staff are concerned that Azpilicueta sees next summer as a good time to leave, as it will be the tenth anniversary of his arrival from Marseille.
Reece James has taken his position in the first team, and although Azpilicueta is not looking to quit, the idea of a fresh challenge is understood to be appealing to him. James Olley’s quote
In his first news conference as interim manager, Ralf Rangnick said that he wants to improve Manchester United’s defensive record.
Tavares of Arsenal is a target for Manchester City.
Manchester City has observed Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares, who has excelled in his debut season at the Emirates Stadium, as part of the club’s attempts to reinforce the left-back position, according to ESPN sources.
Since his £8 million transfer to Arsenal from Benfica last summer, the Portugal under-21 international has emerged as a contender for Kieran Tierney’s spot, and although sources say City are unlikely to make a January deal, the 21-year-old remains a player of interest.
Oleksandr Zinchenko is City’s only recognized senior left-back, however former Juventus defender Joao Cancelo has excelled in that position in recent months. The club has banned France international Benjamin Mendy.
Pep Guardiola has been promised by Txiki Begiristain, the director of football, that his team, which is poised to compete in the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup, would not be diminished in the January window, according to reports.
Barcelona are interested in Raheem Sterling and Ferran Torres, while Nathan Ake has been linked with a transfer to Newcastle United, where his former Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe, is in charge. — Rob Dawson and Mark Ogden
Donny van de Beek has had a difficult time at Manchester United thus far. PA Images/Laurence Griffiths via Getty Images
Van De Beek’s Everton run has come to an end.
Despite the appointment of temporary manager Ralf Rangnick, Donny van de Beek’s future at Manchester United remains unknown, although sources informed ESPN that Everton’s long-standing interest in the player ceased when Marcel Brands resigned his role as director of football at Goodison Park.
Brands, who joined Everton from PSV Eindhoven in June 2018, came close to agreeing to a loan deal with the former Ajax midfielder at the start of the season, but United’s top brass were hesitant to allow the departure of a player who cost £35 million when he arrived from Ajax in August 2020.
Despite Everton manager Rafael Benitez’s doubts, Van de Beek was disregarded by previous boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and remained a primary Brands target. Everton will turn their attention elsewhere in January, according to reports, now that Brands has left the club.
Meanwhile, Van van Beek made his Rangnick debut in the Champions League draw against Young Boys at home on Wednesday. The Netherlands international will be given the chance to shine, but no decision on his long-term future has been made. ‘Mark Ogden’
Barcelona was eliminated from the UCL group stage for the first time since the 2000 season, according to Alejandro Moreno.
Bergwijn is a target for Ajax.
Out-of-favour Ajax are interested in Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn, who has played two substitute appearances for a total of 13 minutes since Antonio Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo last month, according to ESPN sources.
According to sources, the connection between the players and the manager is strained, and Ajax is considering a loan move or maybe a permanent transfer for the 24-year-old in January.
Last week, Conte praised Bergwijn’s flexibility, suggesting that the winger might offer protection for Harry Kane in the center of the field, but added that “he is a player that I have to make an important appraisal [of].”
Conte is reportedly dubious that Bergwijn will be a part of his plans, and with Tottenham anticipating a busy January, the former PSV Eindhoven man might be made available. James Olley’s quote