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Rangnick mood quickly changes over Man Utd transfer as dominoes fall for €25m Akanji deal

Ralf Rangnick has missed out on one of the defenders he wanted to sign for Manchester United this summer, but a deal for Manuel Akanji is becoming more possible as a result, reports claim.

Rangnick is in the role of interim manager for Man Utd until the end of the season. After that, he will become a consultant to the club. In the future role, he will advise them on several areas, such as transfer targets.

It will be a busy summer for Man Utd in the transfer market. Their ambition will likely depend on whether Rangnick can lead them to a top-four finish or not. Still, a club of their stature will appeal to many whatever happens.

For United to get back where they really belong, though, they need to invest in their squad. Practically all areas will come into consideration. They need to evolve up front, find upgrades in midfield and could consider strengthening in defence too.

One man on their radar for the latter task is Borussia Dortmund centre-back Manuel Akanji. He has been linked with the club for a while and the pieces could be falling into place for the transfer.

Bild write that Akanji is currently at a stalemate with Dortmund when it comes to his contract situation. His deal is due to expire in 2023 and he wants his wages doubling from €5m to €10m per season. That would equate to around £160,000 per week.

The Bundesliga giants have struck an agreement to sign Niklas Sule as a free agent when his Bayern Munich contract expires. He will take home an even bigger salary when he arrives at the club.

Therefore, Akanji wants his wages to be elevated. However, Dortmund may struggle to accommodate his demands.

With that in mind, Bild predict that they could sell him in the summer for €25m (£20.8m) instead of letting his deal run down. They would prefer to keep him, but financially are having to change their plans.

Man Utd to capitalise on Akanji situation

This is where Man Utd could come in. They are mentioned as an interested party still – coincidentally, just as they were for Sule.

When it became clear Sule was leaving Bayern, he was mainly linked with Chelsea from the Premier League. But Bild believe Rangnick had him on his Man Utd wish-list as…

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