Man Utd could lose Edinson Cavani in the January transfer window but have added Boubacar Kamara to their list of potential midfield targets under new boss Ralf Rangnick
Manchester United continued their winning league start under Ralf Rangnick on Saturday, but questions still remain after the Red Devils made hard work of getting past struggling Norwich City.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half penalty settled a nervy tie at Carrow Road, prompting Rangnick taking the good and the bad from the result.
“Those normally are the nicest ones, but in the second-half against Norwich, in my opinion, we conceded too many corners and free-kicks from the side, the interim manager said, after what he described as a “dirty away win”.
There is some quality in Rangnick’s squad, but the German may feel reinforcements are needed if his team is to sustain a top-four push in the second half of the season.
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Investment may depend on United getting some players off the books as well, though, having spent big over the summer under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Mirror Football has taken a look at some of the latest transfer talk surrounding United, ahead of potential ins and outs at Old Trafford, including a new name to join the list of potential midfield recruits.
Cavani not deterred by Barcelona woes
Edinson Cavani is one of the Man Utd players linked with a January exit after being used sparingly this season, with Barcelona among the mooted destinations.
However, some were left wondering whether the Catalan club’s elimination from the Champions League might deter the former Paris Saint-Germain man.
Cavani scored 17 goals for United last season, including one in the Europa League final, but has netted just once this term since the club added Cristiano Ronaldo to their ranks.
Barcelona were eliminated from the Champions League after losing their final group game at Bayern Munich, but remain in the hunt for the veteran.
And Mundo Deportivo reports that Europa League football is “not a problem” for the Uruguayan, who is said to be keen for first-team football with less than a year until the start of the 2022 World Cup.
Barca have been drawn against Cavani’s former club Napoli in the play-off round of the Europa League, with the victors moving into the last 16.
Kamara joins United midfield target list
While United remain in the mix for RB Leipzig’s Amadou Haidara, another young midfielder has been mentioned in association with the club.
Marseille man Boubacar Kamara has been attracting the attention of a number of top European clubs, and could be available on the cheap with his contract due to expire this coming summer.
According to The Athletic, Marseille have tried and failed to keep the 22-year-old at Stade Velodrome, with a race for his signature on the horizon.
The French under-21 international, who played in last season’s Champions League, was courted by the likes of Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers last summer.
However, there is now believed to be interest from the Premier League’s bigger clubs, as well as the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Van der Sar plays down Ajax Henderson links
After responding to suggestions he could replace Ed Woodward at Manchester United, Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar has addressed reports linking Dean Henderson to the Dutch club.
Henderson had been mentioned as a potential recruit for the Dutch side after losing his starting place at Old Trafford to David de Gea, with the Englishman playing just twice this season.
Ajax themselves have had issues in goal, with Maarten Stekelenburg a long-term injury victim and Andre Onana expected to move on after only recently returning from a ban.
However, Van der Sar, a former United keeper himself, has clarified the situation, explaining Ajax are not in the market for Henderson.
“I heard that you can now hire [agencies] for two thousand euros a month, so that very nice messages about players are thrown into the world,” Van der Sar told VoetbalPrimeur.
“You are continuously linked to players, whether they come from South America or Eastern Europe. But no, this makes no sense,” he added.