Ralf Rangnick and Manchester United slow down Arsenal’s £ 36m striker hunt in January – Tom Canton

Arsenal and Manchester United remain locked in a battle to get into the top four this season. The Gunners have stuck with Mikel Arteta, while United decided to part with Ole Gunnar Solskjær and instead appoint Ralf Rangnick on a coaching contract until the end of the season.

The January window could prove crucial for both Arsenal and United, who will try to strengthen their team in the second half of the season. After 19 games, Arsenal have the advantage of 35 points, while United, after playing two games less, have 28.

Arsenal’s needs in the window fall on the central midfield and the striker roles in the squad. Alexandre Lacazette seems to be the only secured option that will remain until the end of the season.

Folarin Balogun looks set to take off on loan, while the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Eddie Nketiah remains uncertain with sales in January of both very possible.

This has prompted the Gunners to look at possible replacement options, and according to ESPN, Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri is a player they have scouted.

The striker, who according to Transfermarkt is valued at £ 36 million, has suffered an injury this season but has been a regular goal scorer for the Spanish club under Julen Lopetegui.


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Knowing that the Moroccan could leave the club, Sevilla have done well to look at possible replacements for the striker and Anthony Martial has emerged as a target.

The French striker has struggled in regular minutes since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho. The advent of Mason Greenwood has fueled his frustrations.

Arsenal’s move to En-Nesyri, however, seems to have taken a hit after United rejected a loan offer from Sevilla for the Frenchman. United are said to be open to allowing the player to leave, but Sevilla must cover the player’s full salary and offer an acceptable loan fee.

United would certainly be conscious of beginning the fall of a domino effect in the market that could help their rivals secure a striker to help them win the top-4 race.

Ralf Rangnick and United will be concerned that any reinforcement that the Gunners secure this winter could have a huge detrimental effect on the club’s ambitions to qualify for the Champions League again.

Arsenal have other goals for the strikers if a switch to En-Nesyri is not possible. But the chances of securing a deal for their alternative options may require waiting for the summer, which negates the effect on the current campaign.

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