Manchester United dealt January transfer blow as Amadou Haidara decides to stay put
According to Daily Mail Online (h/t The Express), Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their attempt to sign Amadou Haidara in the January transfer window following his decision. The RB Leipzig star has established himself as one of the finest players in the German top flight.
Haidara has rejected the possibility of a move this month and wants to consider the options available to him next summer. Interestingly enough, there is a release clause in his contract worth £33million that will become active at the end of the current campaign.
Ralf Rangnick was keen on bringing the 23-year-old to Old Trafford as they both worked together during their time at RB Salzburg. Boubacar Kamara, Jude Bellingham and Ruben Neves are other targets in Man United’s transfer list as they try to bring in a midfielder addition before the winter market closes.
Since the Malian is ruled out until the end of the season, we have been put in a precarious situation as there is a desperate need for midfield signings. The instability within the squad, especially in midfield has affected us even before the current campaign had started, so we cannot afford not to address it any longer.
Rangnick would probably have been well versed with the Leipzig star’s abilities which could have prompted him to demand his signing. The central midfielder would have been a great option for us since he could pick out teammates in between the lines while also excelling in shutting down opposition attacks.
The current change to a 4-3-3 system at Man United would have suited the Mali international as he could have played a similar role to what N’Golo Kante is doing at Chelsea. Unfortunately, we have to wait till next summer to try and prise him away.
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Of all the players on our radar, Bellingham would be a fantastic signing. But, it would be a huge fallacy to think that we can prise him away from Borussia Dortmund this month. Wolverhampton Wanderers are meanwhile asking for £50million in transfer fees for the services of Neves, which is a tad expensive despite his proven quality.
That leaves Kamara as the most feasible option of the lot. His current deal is up next summer, which forced Marseille into slapping a £10million price tag on him this January. With not many days left in the winter market, it remains to be seen whether we will bring in someone to solve the midfield conundrum.