Manchester United’s decision to dispense with Ralf Rangnick’s services ahead of the transfer window continues to look like a questionable choice.
The MEN this week pointed out four players Rangnick recommended to United as ideal signings. Christopher Nkunku and Erling Haaland were two very expensive options, the latter of which was City bound. Another was expensive RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol.
A more cost-effective signing recommended by Rangnick was RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer, who has only one year left on his current contract.
The Austrian midfielder is still available, with a proposed move to Bayern Munich failing to materialise [ESPN].
Konrad Laimer is still available
RB Leipzig’s preference has always been to avoid a sale to Bayern. The German champions meanwhile are not desperate to pay over the odds, after already snapping up Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax.
Guido Schäfer from the Leipziger Volkszeitung said: “The financial side of the transfer is also a problem for Bayern, also because the midfield depth is currently well staffed and Marcel Sabitzer and Ryan Gravenberch have shown quite strong performances [in pre-season].”
This has left Laimer still at RB Leipzig amid an uncertain future. New signing Timo Werner was even asked about him at his welcome press conference, commenting, via RB Live: “As of yesterday I saw him, today I saw him too. So he’s still there.”
With just one year left on his deal, Laimer would be available for somewhere between £20-30 million.
Manchester United would be fools not to sign him
It beggars belief that Manchester United have not followed Ralf Rangnick’s advice on this one. Laimer was the player he recommended who was easiest to sign, in the top priority position.
The Austria international is a tenacious, high-pressing midfielder who showed his attacking qualities last season too with four goals and six assists.
He has been open to a switch all summer, telling Der Standard back in June it is “quite possible that I won’t play in Leipzig next season.”
FBRef data from last season showed Laimer ranks in the top 1 per cent of players for pressures, and successful pressures, of midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues.
Even with a move for Adrien Rabiot in the pipeline, signing Laimer would be a sensible addition to strengthen the midfield. United would be fools to pass up the opportunity.