RALF RANGNICK has been lined up to make a stunning return to club management at Barcelona.
Ralph Rangnick is a shock contender for the Barcelona jobGetty
And now, straight out of left field, former Manchester United flop Rangnick has joined the list.
The Austrian national team boss is 33/1 with the bookies for the job – leaving him outside the top 20 in the betting.
Rangnick is currently managing the Austrian national team but previously had a successful spell at RB Leipzig, where his genius recruitment strategy turned heads.
He cleverly brought the likes of Emil Forsberg, Naby Keita and Timo Werner under the Red Bull roof.
And he was credited with the meteoric rise of Leipzig from the lower leagues of German football to the Champions League from 2015 to 2021.
It is fair to say things didn’t go so well at United, who finished the season in dreary sixth with 58 points, their lowest total to date.
But Laporta has a soft spot for German technicians and it won’t be the first time the club has gone down that route.
Barca have had two German coaches in their history, Hans Weisweiler in the 75-76 season and legend Udo Lattek coached them between 1981 and 1983.
Both had issues with star players – famously Weisweiler clashed with Johan Cruyff while Lattek had a run-in with Diego Maradona.