Santi Aouna has reported that Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are all interested in French defender, Nordi Mukiele. The current RB Leipzig fullback’s contract runs out in 2023, so could be available for a knockdown price.
European’s Biggest Clubs After French Defender
What He Can Bring
Nordi Mukiele has made 37 appearances for RB Leipzig this season, scoring twice and providing five assists. He also made his international debut for France in September in a 2-0 victory against Finland. The 6’2” Frenchman is physically powerful and tireless and has played at right-back, right wing-back and centre back for his club. He is only 24-years-old and has already played 242 career games.
Ralf Rangnick Key to Mukiele Becoming a Red
Mukiele moved to RB Leipzig in the summer of 2018, in a deal that was coordinated by current Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick. Rangnick is said to be a fan of the player. With United’s current defensive frailties, highlighted by Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, they will be bringing new defenders this summer.
Nordi Mukiele’s versatility should suit how incoming manager Erik ten Hag and Manchester United want to play next year, as Mukiele is able to bomb forward or sit as one of the three holding in ten Hag’s system. Neither Diogo Dalot nor Aaron Wan-Bissaka have nailed down the right-back spot this season, with both being linked with a move away from Old Trafford. With the Frenchman’s contract set to run out and Rangnick’s connections to Leipzig, Manchester United could get Mukiele on a relatively cheap deal. With many incomings and outgoings expected this summer, cheap deals will be key.
Bayern and PSG Also Impressed by the French Defender
Bayern, who have already been linked with a right back in Mazaouri, have appreciated the Frenchman’s qualities and an in-league transfer to Bayern would not surprise anyone. PSG and Leonardo have also expressed interest, although Mukiele would have tough competition for the right-back spot with Achraf Hakimi, who the Parisians signed last summer.