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Manchester United report: Ralf Rangnick's first signing is set to be French wonderkid

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Manchester United are in talks with a highly-rated French star to become Ralf Rangnick's first buy as Manchester United interim manager.

Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara has been linked with the Red Devils all month long – and now transfer guru Nicolo Schira has claimed that the Old Trafford outfit have offered a five-year contract to the player, whose deal in the south of France expires at the end of the season.

United were expected to make big moves in the winter transfer window but have been surprisingly quiet. Anthony Martial recently departed for Sevilla but aside from that, Rangnick has made little business of note.

Despite the inaction, the 63-year-old interim manager has been given a remit to revamp – and will step into a consultancy role at the end of his temporary tenure. 

The arrival of a new defensive midfielder will be a huge boost to the club's Champions League qualification hopes. United's central core has been heavily criticised throughout the season, with Fred and Scott McTominay holding down the fort as the first-choice pair. The ageing Nemanja Matic has stepped in as a squad option.

22-year-old Kamara will provide long-term competition for a position. It's thought that the fee for the player will be around £10m. 

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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. Over his time on the brand, he has interviewed the likes of Aaron Ramsdale and Jack Wilshere, written pieces ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career, and has been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals, working for FFT