Manchester United v Wolves: Match in pictures
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Manchester United will reportedly move for Paris-Saint Germain striker Mauro Icardi should the Red Devils see two of their forwards depart. Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial have been linked with moves away from Old Trafford this month, however, Ralf Rangnick intends to keep hold of both.
Amid reports the German manager is dealing with a broken dressing room and a number of disillusioned players, he faces a crucial month ahead.
January could become even more complicated for Rangnick should off-field distractions transpire and reinforcements are required in the event of key players departing.
Martial has openly expressed his desire to leave and there’s been talk that Cavani could join him in exiting the club, with Barcelona believed to be attempting to lure him to Spain.
Despite Rangnick’s best efforts to quash speculation linking the attacking pair with moves away this month, United have reportedly created a contingency plan should the pair force through moves.
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According to L’Equipe, PSG forward Icardi has been identified by Old Trafford chiefs as a potential replacement if United find themselves short in attack.
While the French outlet report there has been no contact between the two clubs, the Red Devils are believed to have a prepared a bid as a precaution, in the event that their striking situation takes a messy turn this month.
United’s interest in Icardi could end up being short-lived however, following reports that Juventus are pushing to sign the Argentine on loan.
The 28-year-old hit a staggering 124 goals in 219 appearances for Inter Milan prior to his PSG move in 2019, and success with Serie A rivals Juventus could see the Old Lady sign the striker on a permanent basis for £30million in the summer.
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Should Rangnick get his way, there won’t be any need to fret over Icardi’s Italian return, as he’s previously stated his desire to retain the services of Cavani, while a Martial exit will only occur if a deal makes sense for the club.
“We’ve had quite a few conversations in the last couple of weeks, he’s probably the player I have spoken to most,” Rangnick stated in response to suggestions the Uruguayan could leave in the next few weeks.
“I told him from the very first day he’s a highly important player, probably the only one that can play as a striker back to goal and, as I have said before, his professionalism and work ethic is amazing.
“I told him that I desperately want him to stay until the end of the season and he knows how highly I rate and respect him.
“He knows I definitely would not let him go. For me, he is a highly important player for the rest of the season in a squad still playing in three competitions.
“We definitely need him and it is clear he has to stay.”
As for Martial, Rangnick declared: “I told him ‘listen, as long as there is no club showing interest in him [he will stay]’ and it should not only be in the interest of the player it should also be in the interest of the club.
“As far as I know, there has been no offer from any other club and, as long as this is the case, he will stay.”
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