Ralf Rangnick could be the man to help propel Newcastle United into a new era of success behind the scenes.

Rangnick has been offered to the Magpies after the takeover, according to the Chronicle.

Rangnick is currently Head of Sports and Development at Lokomotiv Moscow, having moved there during the summer.

He has been one of the big influences on German football in recent times, even being named as the inspiration behind Jurgen Klopp’s style at Liverpool, as well as the likes of Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Tuchel.

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His high-pressing attacking style of football and incredible track record of signing talented players on a bargain would make him an appealing proposition for the Newcastle owners.

If the 63-year-old were to take on a behind the scenes role at St James’ Park then he would no doubt continue to do what he does best and poach some of the best talent across Europe.

But with the new wealth Newcastle now have, Rangnick could be tempted to reunite with some of his former players and signings.

Here are four players Rangnick could look to be bring with him to Tyneside if he joined Newcastle.

Emil Forsberg

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The 29-year-old joined RB Leipzig for £3.33m (Transfermarkt) in January 2015 after being signed by Rangnick from Malmo.

The Sweden international has now become one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe and a key player in the German giants’ side.

Forsberg would add bags of creativity and goals to the Newcastle side and has the versatility to play anywhere across the forward line.

Over eight seasons at Leipzig, Forsberg isn’t far away from averaging a goalscoring contribution in every other match. He has 49 goals and 57 assists from 224 matches.

His best campaign was actually his first season in Bundesliga after securing promotion with the Red Bull side, in 2016/17, he scored eight goals but made an astonishing 22 assists from 30 matches.

So far this season, he has two goals and one assist from matches across all competitions, he would be a quality addition to the Newcastle side.

Timo Werner

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It’s not been all sunshine and rainbows for the pacey German since joining Chelsea in the summer of 2020 for £45 million, as reported by Sky Sports.

Werner was probably expecting to be the main man for the Blues, but after missing some glaring chances last season, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel lost patience and sanctioned the return of Romelu Lukaku.

 

The German international now finds himself as one of the Belgian’s support casts.

Despite only scoring 14 goals from 60 games during the brief time he has been at Stamford Bridge, the 25-year-old has also made 16 assists in that time.

Werner could well seek a move in the summer if his playing time continues to be restricted, he’s started just three out of the seven Premier League games so far this season.

Chelsea’s number 11 came to England last summer off the back of his best goalscoring campaign of his career where he scored 28 Bundesliga goals from 34 games.

If the opportunity arose, Rangnick would no doubt relish a reunion on Tyneside with the man he signed for £20m from Stuttgart five years ago.

Christopher Nkunku

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One of Rangnick’s final signings at Leipzig is currently in the form of his life and one of the most in-form players in Europe.

Christopher Nkunku has nine goals from 10 games already this season which includes a Champions League hat-trick against Manchester City.

The Frenchman could be devastating alongside his compatriot Allan Saint-Maximin wearing a black and white shirt. Nkunku was previously a target for the Magpies.

After coming through the Paris Saint Germain academy, Rangnick signed Nkunku for £11.7m in July 2019.

It would take a huge bid to convince Leipzig to cash in on their prized asset, but there’s probably no better man to make sure that all parties are happy with any potential deal then Rangnick.

Manuel Neuer

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Rangnick never signed Manuel Neuer, but he did manage him during a season that saw Schalke reach the Champions League semi-finals before being beaten by Manchester United.

The German stopper left for Bayern Munich that summer (2011) and he has gone on to amass a rather impressive footballing CV for both club and country.

But with him turning 36 next year, Neuer could be tempted to join Rangnick in Newcastle and embark on an exciting project that could see him play well into his 40s like Gianluigi Buffon.

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