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Man Utd ‘turned down Boubacar Kamara transfer opportunity to fix midfield woes due to uncertainty over Rangnick future’

MANCHESTER UNITED rejected signing Boubacar Kamara, Denis Zakaria and Julian Alvarez due to uncertainty over interim boss Ralf Rangnick’s future.

That’s the claim from transfer expert Fabrizio Romano amid suggestions United chiefs want to wait until they appoint a permanent manager in the summer before spending big.

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France U-21 star Boubacar Kamara seemed to be the type of midfielder Man Utd need but they reportedly rejected the chance to sign himCredit: Getty
Another midfielder, Denis Zakaria , ended up at Juventus aftr being linked with United and Arsenal

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Another midfielder, Denis Zakaria , ended up at Juventus aftr being linked with United and ArsenalCredit: Getty

Instead French midfielder Kamara stayed with Marseille, Juventus signed Arsenal target Zakaria from Borussia Monchengladbach and Argentina striker Alvarez joined Manchester City.

Turning down the chance to recruit Kamara might stun Old Trafford fans most as it’s thought Rangnick’s transfer priority is to find just such an anchorman.

And United’s only real activity in January was the deadline-day loan departures of Donny van de Beek to Everton and Anthony Martial to Sevilla.

The Red Devils also reportedly blocked temporary moves for England midfielder Jesse Lingard and second-choice keeper Dean Henderson.

Rangnick will play a key role at the end of the season when United make a permanent appointment following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking in November.

And it’s thought the German is compiling a breakdown of United’s individual and tactical issues, as well as a list of potential targets.

Romano believes United said no to Alvarez ‘many times’.

The 22-year-old went on to join neighbours City for £14m on a five-and-a-half-year deal before immediately rejoining River Plate on loan.

Meanwhile, Swiss midfielder Zakaria had been linked to Premier League giants, especially Arsenal and United, for several months.

But Juventus were reportedly the only club willing to pay a fee for the 25-year-old six months before his contract expires.

Rangnick will now look to Paul Pogba to regain full fitness in the second half of the campaign.

But he has admitted the French World Cup winner could still end up leaving, with Real Madrid and Juve in the running.

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