Why Manchester United or Newcastle are unlikely to land Amadou Haidara in January
Manchester United & Newcastle linked with Haidara
Manchester United have been pretty heavily linked with RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara of late.
After being appointed as Manchester United’s interim manager, it was reported that Ralf Rangnick informed club chiefs that they needed to strengthen in midfield, and should take a closer look at Haidara.
It was also claimed that Haidara was set to become the German’s first signing as Man United boss, provided the Red Devils coughed up his release clause, which was believed to stand at £32m.
Then, on Sunday, it was claimed that Manchester United and RB Leipzig had opened up a dialogue regarding Haidara:
Whilst talks are in preliminary stages, I am told that there is now an open dialogue between #MUFC and RB Leipzig regarding Amadou Haidara
— Jonathan Shrager (@JonathanShrager) January 16, 2022
A separate report over the weekend, meanwhile, suggested Newcastle were looking to muscle in on the Red Devils’ move for Haidara.
Haidara staying put?
All of this seemed to suggest that Haidara is a wanted man and could be on the move this month.
Now though, Sport 1’s Patrick Berger has provided some information that suggests the RB Leipzig man will not be moving anywhere this month.
Firstly, Berger does acknowledge that Newcastle and Manchester United are interested in Haidar, before adding that the latter was the 23-year-old’s favourite club as a child.
However, Berger goes on to explain that Leipzig have no interest in selling Haidara in the winter window and, most importantly of all, his release clause, which is put at €40m, does not activate until the summer.
So, with Leipzig not wanting to sell and no release clause in place, it does look as though Haidara will be staying put for the time being:
Newcastle and Manchester United are interested in Amadou Haidara who’s dreaming of playing in UK (favourite club as a kid: #MUFC). Talks ongoing. But RB Leipzig’s pov is quite clear: No interest to sell the midfielder in winter! €40m-release-clause activates in summer. @SPORT1
— Patrick Berger (@berger_pj) January 17, 2022
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