MANCHESTER UNITED have reached a deal with Lokomotiv Moscow to make Ralf Rangnick their new interim boss.
SunSport understands United have struck terms with the Russian club following talks over a deal for their German sporting director.
However, the Red Devils are yet to agree personal terms with Rangnick himself.
We exclusively told you earlier that United were sweating over Rangnick’s appointment with Lokomotiv yet to grant him permission to leave.
But there has now been a breakthrough in talks, with the Russians giving permission for Rangnick to head to Old Trafford.
However, personal terms between the German and United are yet to be agreed.
SunSport also revealed Rangnick is in talks with United about his long-term future at the club after his interim spell.
And discussions are ongoing ahead of Sunday’s game with Chelsea.
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But former Lokomotiv president Nikolai Naumov has labelled Rangnick as a 'merchant' who only cares about money, as the German looks to link up with United.
In an incredible rant to Match TV, Naumov claimed: “It’s not about Manchester. For Rangnick, this is no escape, betrayal, or disgrace. Rangnick is a merchant.
“He absolutely does not care about football, because he only does business around him.
"And the more countries, leagues and football clubs he covers, the more he will earn.
He’s absolutely indifferent to Lokomotiv. He did not come here to raise football, but to earn money.
"Now he was offered money elsewhere, and he and his company will go to United.
"When he’s offered to work in Africa, he will go to earn money there, leaving his deputy at Manchester United. Clean business.”
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