Ralf Rangnick opens recruitment meeting with figures from Manchester United

Ralf Rangnick has assured Manchester United supporters are working ‘behind the scenes’ to bolster the squad in the transfer market.

Rangnick last week met with football director John Murtough, outgoing executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and chief executive-in-waiting Richard Arnold to discuss United’s recruiting plans.

United are unlikely to sign anything before the January transfer window closes, as they don’t expect long-term goals to become available until the summer period.

Rangnick is already advising United on their recruitment strategy before he becomes an official adviser to the club on July 1. Club sources say United’s recruiting process gets ‘fixed’ this time of year as they draw up a shortlist of targets.

Rangnick is unsure whether Anthony Martial will leave this month due to the Frenchman’s desire to move on loan. Sevilla had turned down an offer for Martial as they offered to pay half his wages and United want a buying club to cover them in full and pay a loan of around £6million.

Martial, 26, has only started four times this season and Rangnick has left him out of the last four rosters since the French international was found to wish to leave.

A midfielder is a priority for United this year, with at least an attacking addition expected. United plans to start executing deals from February.

When asked if there would be any earnings this month, Rangnick replied, “I don’t know. We had some conversations with John Murtough and Ed and Richard about that last week and we’ve talked about it, but I’m not involved. at that directly.

“So of course they’ll let me know if anything happens. John and his colleagues are working behind the scenes.”

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