Man Utd In Talks To Sign Defender From Rangnick’s Former Club – Deal Can Be Agreed For Around €30m

RB Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick in the Bundesliga.

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Man Utd have joined the race to sign Hoffenheim defender David Raum.

Ralf Rangnick mutually agreed with Manchester United to not stay on in his consultancy role at the club from this summer due to the demands of coaching the Austrian national team. However, he held talks with his successor Erik ten Hag before departing.

Despite his exit, United continue monitoring Bundesliga talents to strengthen Ten Hag’s squad ahead of the new season.

As per to Sky Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg, the Premier League outfit have opened talks with Hoffenheim – Rangnick’s former club – regarding the transfer of David Raum. The discussions are ‘ongoing and good’ with the transfer expected to cost around €30-35m.

Plettenberg added that the transfer ‘can happen’ but Borussia Dortmund could come into the picture if they sell Nico Schulz or Raphael Guerreiro.

Raum, 24, produced eye-catching numbers from the left flank, registering 11 assists in the league last season. Among full-backs, only two player created more chances in Europe’s top five leagues during the 2021/22 campaign than the Germany international.

Apart from his impressive output, Raum’s work-rate off the ball has also been crucial for Hoffenheim’s approach. The German left-back has all the qualities to provide solid competition for Luke Shaw.