Ralf Rangnick is urging Manchester United to join the battle for Bayer Leverkusen superkid Florian Wirtz.
The Sun says his No 1 target is Bayer Leverkusen teenager Wirtz — described as the best young German midfielder in decades.
The 18-year-old has long been on the radar of some of Europe’s top dogs.
However, he has hinted he would prefer to develop his game in the Bundesliga.
Yet Rangnick is prepared to test that resolve by offering him a chance to star at United.
He knows the prospect of a leading role at Old Trafford would be hard to reject.
United have also been watching Leipzig’s Amadou Haidara and Boubacar Kamara of Marseille — but Wirtz is their first choice.
A United source said: “The new manager knows practically everybody in German football and there is huge excitement behind the scenes about what it could mean for United in the next few years.
“Germany is a hotbed of talent and he has already flagged up a handful of names.
“Everyone is hoping Rangnick can help United steal a march on some of our rivals.”
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