Manchester United reported to be keen on Nordi Mukiele
Ralf Rangnick’s impending arrival as Manchester United boss gives life to a new set of transfer rumours with the window opening next month.
Multiple reports suggest Rangnick is keen on raiding his former club RB Leipzig, with The Times reporting midfielder Amadou Haidara is high on his list.
Now it is being claimed right-back Nordi Mukiele could also be in line to swap Leipzig for Manchester United.
Graeme Bailey reports for 90Min.com that United are set to weigh up a move for the French defender.
Who is Nordi Mukiele?
RB Leipzig signed Mukiele from Montpellier in 2018, with L’Equipe reporting they paid just £14 million.
Like Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Mukiele was eligible to play international footbal for DR Congo, but won his first cap for France this past September and is now committed to Les Bleus.
The defender recently turned 24, and he is a regular in RB Leipzig’s starting line-up.
This season Mukiele has scored two goals and provided one assist. Last season he netted three goals and provided two assists.
Last season Mukiele played both at right-back, and in central defence as part of a back three.
Mukiele’s contract expires in 2023, which is likely to make him a tempting option for United.
Is Mukiele the right option for United?
It is understandable United are looking at right-back upgrades, considering Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s struggles to progress the attacking side of his game.
Mukiele’s previous work with Rangnick, his expiring contract, and potential to improve further, makes him a very viable option.
However, from an attacking perspective, Mukiele is not the slam-dunk upgrade on Wan-Bissaka fans may be hoping for.
He had fewer assists than Wan-Bissaka last season, and this season he is averaging just 0.6 chances created per game vs Wan-Bissaka’s 0.5, per WhoScored.com.
Any move for Mukiele won’t be happening until summer at the earliest, we would guess. The midfield is a far more pressing area of the team, and that is more likely to take priority.
Rangnick will want to assess Diogo Dalot, and give consideration to the very impressive Ethan Laird, who is making a name for himself on loan at Swansea and leading statistical categories in attacking areas.
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