Manchester United will have to wait until summer to trigger Amadou Haidara’s release clause at RB Leipzig.
The midfielder, who is currently under contract with the Bundesliga giant until 2025, has a release clause of around £ 33 million that will become active in the summer, according to Mail.
The Times reported last month that Ralf Rangnick is interested in working with the midfielder again.
The 23-year-old is currently in Cameroon, where he represents Mali at the African Cup of Nations.
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However, if United remain interested in switching the Leipzig midfielder, they will have to fend off competition from Newcastle United.
The Mail claims the Magpies are trying to make an “ambitious move” and get the Malian to St. James’ Park.
After being signed by Kieran Trippier. The Toon Army has identified Haidara as another “key target” in the January transfer window, triggering Chris Wood’s £ 25m release clause and seeking further signings.
However, according to the report, the Saudi Arabia-led consortium expects the cost of a potential deal to be over £ 80million for the highly rated midfielder.
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With an interim boss at the helm, Manchester United won’t consider paying £ 80million in January for a player who is currently in international service and will be available for nearly £ 50m less within a few months.
It would be a big surprise if Haidara moves to Newcastle in the middle of a relegation battle after participating in the African Cup of Nations.
The Mail claims that Haidara would like wages on the order of £ 160,000 a week which would make him Newcastle’s top earner.
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Although Leipzig is languishing in ninth place in the Bundesliga and did not qualify for the Champions League in the round of 16, Haidara will probably end the season with Red Bull and weigh up his options in the summer.
At that point, Manchester United should have named our next permanent manager and Rangnick would have moved up to his advisory role.
The German coach can recommend Amadou Haidara’s signing as the next manager, but time will tell if a reported interest in the midfielder leads to an offer being submitted.
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