Manchester United have had many rumours circulating about potential incoming players, as well as many of their current players being linked away from the club, and Ralf Rangnick could be set to make the first signing of his tenure at the club.
According to Catalan news outlet, Ara, a swap deal for Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona and Red Devils forward Anthony Martial could be on the table.
The La Liga giants are reportedly needing to trim their wages down before they register new signing Ferran Torres, and would be interested in offloading Dembele, who only has a few months left on his contract at the club.
Xavi is keen for the 24-year-old forward to “make an effort” in negotiations, as he claims he is “waiting for him” when discussing Dembele’s contract situation at the club in his pre-match press conference for the upcoming Copa Del Rey game against Linares Deportivo.
If he cannot reach a deal with the 26 time La Liga champions, then the Mirror have reported that the club will look to sell the player at a cut price to offload wages, as their financial woes continue and they move more cautiously in their transfer business.
Rangnick should seize the opportunity if the rumours are true that Barcelona would be interested in a swap deal that could mutually benefit the clubs by axing Martial from the Manchester club.
The 26-year-old, who was ridiculed as “god awful” by Manchester Evening News editor, Mike Parrott, has only one goal registered for the side after ten appearances this season, failing to make an impact in his position and falling out of favour when more prolific goal-scorers, Mason Greenwood, Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani, all of whom have outscored the centre forward this season.
Dembele has also struggled to get into form this season after suffering a serious injury during Euro 2020 that required an operation, and the £287k-per-week gem has suffered setbacks in his recovery since.
However, the Frenchman has rather remarkably been dubbed “better than Mbappe” by Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, and has been starting to come back into his own.
He bagged two assists in consecutive games at the end of December against Elche CF and Sevilla FC, offering clear potential to improve given the right guidance. With age on his side too, the 24-year-old still has plenty of time to grow and would be a cracking replacement on the flanks for Martial who’s time at Old Trafford has never lived up to expectation.
United suffered their first loss under Rangnick on Monday night against Wolves where the travelling team took a comfortable 1-0 win on the road, and from that performance alone it’s clear there is room for improvement in the squad,
Now the German coach has the opportunity to address those issues by making the right moves in the transfer window.
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