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Transfer Talk: Manchester United to offer Leipzig’s Nkunku a pay boost

The 2022 January transfer window is closed, but there’s still plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Man Utd to offer Nkunku pay boost

Manchester United could offer RB Leipzig‘s Christopher Nkunku a big pay boost with the Daily Star reporting that Premier League side could treble his wages.

Sources have previously told ESPN that interim manager Ralf Rangnick has urged United to step up their interest in the Leipzig maestro.

United reportedly scouted the 24-year-old at Leipzig’s league win over Bochum last weekend, in which Nkunku scored the game’s only goal in the 82nd minute.

Nkunku has a £62 million release clause in his contract, having become one of the emerging talents in Europe by recording an incredible 25 goals and 13 assists from 37 games in all competitions this term.

Rangnick and Nkunku have already worked together in the past, with the player joining Leipzig in 2019 when Rangnick was director of football.

Despite it being likely that the Red Devils will face competition for the Frenchman’s signature, The Daily Star states that Nkunku would “jump at the chance” to be reunited with Rangnick at Old Trafford.

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