Manchester United are set to serve Chelsea their next major transfer dilemma following the interim appointment of Ralf Rangnick.
Lokomotiv Moscow’s head of sport and development has reached an agreement with the Red Devils to fill Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shoes at Old Trafford, according to The Athletic.
The report claims that the agreement is subject to the Russian side agreeing to release the 63-year-old coaching kingpin from his contract, adding that United don’t anticipate this to be a problem.
The Athletic have outlined that Rangnick has agreed to a six-month deal until the end of May that includes the option for a further two years in a consultancy role.
For work permit reasons, Rangnick will not be in the dugout at Stamford Bridge for United’s clash with Chelsea but his last impact on the Blues could be far more devastating than three dropped points.
Roman Abramovich has proved tremendously successful in paving pathways into the first-team for graduates out of Chelsea’s youth system, with the likes of Mason Mount and Reece James now at the forefront of the club’s recent glory.
While not every graduate can stamp a place in the Blues side – Tammy Abraham to AS Roma, Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan and Marc Guehi to Crystal Palace – Marina Granovskaia has still been able to secure a healthy windfall in the meantime.
Chelsea has also been able to tactfully manage the destinations of their youngsters to sides who aren’t direct threats to the club’s ambitions, however, Rangnick’s appointment at United could change this dynamic completely.
Over the summer, Thomas Tuchel lost one of the Blues’ most exciting youngsters in Tino Anjorin, who the German boss held in the highest regard.
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder joined Lokomotiv Moscow on a season-long loan in search of sustained first-team football after concerns that Chelsea wouldn’t be able to offer him minutes due to the wealth of attacking royalty in west London.
The Chelsea youngster is currently back at Cobham recovering from a metatarsal injury currently.
Rangnick, who has a star-studded CV in developing talent, would’ve been one of the deciding factors in Anjorin’s decision to join the Russian side.
A £17 million option-to-buy was ultimately included in the England youth international’s loan deal as well as a £34 million buy-back clause, meaning the Blues hold a silver lining in Anjorin’s deal, subject to his agreement.
Rangnick’s reputation as ‘one of the best specialists for football education and player development in the world
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