Konrad Laimer must be convinced by interested clubs who want to sign him this summer.
The Austrian midfielder has been tipped for a move to Manchester United this summer. Image, as translated by BuliNews, reported the Red Devils want to sign him.
The RB Leipzig midfielder was signed by Ralf Rangnick for the club, and his contract expires in 2023. He is expected to leave the German club this summer for a new challenge.
Manchester United’s challenge is to get organized and show Laimer that there is a plan for him. If United can do so, he would be prepared to sign.
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Laimer must be convinced
The midfielder is not the type of player to sign for a club based on it’s name, or chase the money. Instead he wants to see a clear proposal laid out for him.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the Europa League semi-final, Laimer was quoted by The MEN, saying he wants to choose his next club carefully.
Laimer said: “I’ll be 25 in May and have enough experience to make such decisions clearly. I need a good feeling. I have to like what people tell me.
“It’s about the plan with me and with the team. Of course, it’s also about goals. If I’m convinced of that, I’ll do it.”
Manchester United have not had the clearest plan for players in recent years. Look at Donny van de Beek, who was signed, it seems just as a squad player. Facundo Pellistri and Amad were bought without a clear plan, either.
Even Cristiano Ronaldo was bought simply because he was available, rather than having an actual plan for the superstar forward.
Fabrizio Romano cited the Van de Beek case as the type of error Ten Hag is keen to avoid.
United are attempting to overhaul the club and get organized, with Erik ten Hag set to come in and lead the future, supported by Rangnick as a part-time consultant.
Rangnick to link up with Laimer
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Rangnick also wants to be managing Laimer’s Austria international team, which could help United’s cause. They will link up in early June for international fixtures.
Laimer added, quoted by The MEN: “I’m very happy he’s going to be our coach. I know him well and know what he can do. I’m sure he can make us better as a team and each individual.”I’m confident that we will have very successful years together. I’m also looking forward to seeing him again during the summer at our next training course.”
The midfielder also stressed that his full focus at the present was RB Leipzig’s end to the season and the semi-final against Rangers tonight, but clearly, a decision on his future is looming.
Laimer is a tenacious, aggressive midfielder who would suit the style of play Rangnick recommends for United, although Erik ten Hag may have his own preferences. He has four goals and six assists this season.
The midfielder’s words should come as a key lesson for United ahead of the summer, to get organized and show a clear vision with recruitment. Other top players will feel the same way, especially with the mess that United have been over the past eight years.
Rangnick has been making his recommendations behind the scenes to address this, and changes are being made. Ten Hag may be even more forceful, and he may well be able to persuade Laimer to join his Old Trafford revolution.
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