Man United plans Nordi Mukiele offer

Manchester United are planning an offer for versatile RB Leipzig centre-back Nordi Mukiele.

What is the word?

This is according to a report by Foot Mercato, via The Mirror, which claimed the Red Devils have been tracking the 24-year-old for years and may finally make an offer for him in this summer’s transfer window.

The French international is out of contract next year and could be available for as little as £8.5m.

The signing would be sensible as United are open to letting Aaron Wan-Bissaka leave in what looks to be a big sale this summer at Old Trafford.

Given his ties to Red Bull, Ralf Rangnick is considered a fan of Mukiele, so a move to the 24-year-old is entirely possible.

Imagine him and Varane

The signing of Mukiele – who has been hailed as a “unknown hero” – would be a big blow for United; and at a price of around £8.5m, could see the club turn the corner with its transfer market strategy. It could also form the potential for what could be a fearsome partnership between the 24-year-old and Raphael Varane.

Who is the best? Mukiele or Wan-Bissaka?

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Wan-Bissaka

Mukiele’s versatility is a useful attribute and represents an asset United have not had since Daley Blind was at the club, with the Frenchman also capable of playing as a full-back and right midfielder.

Mukiele has played most of his games as Leipzig’s right midfielder or full-back in Domenico Tedesco’s 3-4-2-1 system this season. While he has a decent return of a goal and three assists in 28 games, the 24-year-old has been rested in Leipzig’s big games of late, which bodes well for United, who are looking for a reduced-price deal.

That defensive acumen bodes well for a team manager on Erik ten Hag’s side. Madueke has an average of 5.28 pressures per 90, with 6.32 of them in the middle third of the field, a positive sign of his desire to regain possession of the ball for his team.

His averages of 2.43 interceptions and 2.73 hits per 90 also illustrate his competence in defense and suggest he would work well in an asymmetrical system that would see him act as a makeshift quarterback in possession of the ball, giving the left-back license to attack. . .

He also showed his attacking competence in Leipzig’s recent game against Augsburg, in which he recorded two assists.

Given such impressive performances in many ways, it’s not just because of the Red Bull connection that Rangnick would love to have Madueke at Old Trafford.

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