Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho may be on the lookout for a midfielder who can contribute to the team's midfield's strengthening. As of right now, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, and Donny Van de Beek seem to be the ideal midfield trio for Manchester United. However, the uncertainty surrounding the futures of Pogba, Lingard, and Van de Beek has made it necessary for them to prepare for life without them.
However, although Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard will be out of contract by the summer, the future of Van de Beek, a Netherlands international, is still up in the air. If Pogba and Lingard fail to agree to a new deal with the club, the club will be forced to fill the void that their departure would leave. De Beek, on the other hand, is likely to quit the club owing to a lack of playing time.
Meanwhile, according to a story in The Sun, Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is close to completing the acquisition of RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, who will become the club's first signing under his leadership as a manager. The Malian international joined RB Leipzig in 2019 after formerly playing for Red Bull Salzburg. The player's contract has a release clause, and the club may be able to get rid of him in January if they can raise £32million from investors.
Amadou Haidara, a defensive-minded midfielder for RB Leipzig, has made 100 appearances for the club and has scored ten goals in the process. The result of the contract discussions between the club and its two midfielders may have an impact on the decision on whether or not to sign him (Pogba and Lingard). If they opt to remain, the team may not need the services of another midfielder.
According to a related development, Manchester United is still interested in signing John McGinn, a midfielder for Aston Villa. The box-to-box midfielder has three Premier League goals in 13 appearances for his team this season, and he is on the radar of Manchester United, who are looking to add to their midfield options. Sir Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United manager, has great regard for the midfielder.
Considering that McGinn has three and a half years remaining on his present deal, it is likely that Manchester United would have to spend a significant sum to persuade Aston Villa to trade the midfielder. If Manchester United decides to replace both Pogba and Lingard, they might be in for a double shock.
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