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Man United decide next step after completing interview with Erik ten Hag

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Manchester United plan on conducting more interviews after holding talks with Erik ten Hag about becoming their next permanent manager, reports say.

The Red Devils are aiming to hire their new boss by the end of the campaign. Yet while the Dutchman is in pole position, he’s not the only candidate under consideration.

Manchester United are primed to hire their fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement back in 2013 as they continue to fall behind the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.

David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have all struggled to meet the lofty expectations at Old Trafford, even if there were highlights under all four.

United have now interviewed Ajax boss Ten Hag, with the 52-year-old now leading the race to take over from interim manager Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.

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And the Daily Mail say they plan on conducting more interviews in the coming weeks ahead, with several names in the frame to take over.

Mauricio Pochettino is one of them, with the Argentine’s future at Paris Saint-Germain currently unclear in the wake of their recent Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid.

However, when it comes to the former Tottenham boss, Pochettino is said to feel that he’s no longer in pole position for the job – considering it Ten Hag’s to lose.

United want to talk with Spain boss Luis Enrique, though the chances of hiring the ex-Barcelona and Roma manager are slim given the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is edging closer.

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Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui is another candidate, having worked wonders at the La Liga giants ever since taking over back in 2020.

However, whether his failed stint at Real Madrid – where he failed to get the best from their A-listers after replacing Zinedine Zidane in 2018 – counts against him remains to be seen.

While that’s the case, Ten Hag now seems likely to be United’s new manager and the next person to be given the keys to Old Trafford as they look to climb up the table next time out.

United have been linked with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel in recent weeks, especially due to the chaos currently engulfing the Stamford Bridge outfit.

But they’re now poised to look elsewhere, conceding their chances of hiring the German are slim.

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Within Ajax, they’re said to expect their manager to leave at the end of the season.

Though the Red Devils will have to hold talks with his ‘formidable agent’ Kees Vos, who previously brokered Robin van Persie’s move to the club from Arsenal back in the summer of 2012.

United will have to pay a compensation fee in the region of £4million to bring Ten Hag in, while the former Bayern Munich star is also likely to tinker with their coaching set-up.

United are adamant there is a ‘long way to go’ in this process and there is currently no frontrunner for the post.

For now, though, Ten Hag seems to be the likelier appointment.

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Barcelona youngster in line to bench Jordi Alba for Real Sociedad clash – report

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As Barcelona drew 0-0 against Rayo Vallecano for the season opener, Jordi Alba was among the five to be substituted off to make way for offensive depth. The Spaniard is usually among the brightest offensive outlets in the team, but failed to make an impact last week.

Alba also looked out of his depth during pre-season, and it was reported that people within Barcelona were surprised that he started over Alejandro Balde.

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The 18-year-old was impressive during the run-up to the league opener, and was expected to take Alba’s place in the lineup.

While that did not happen vs Rayo, Javi Miguel reports that he is in line to start against Real Sociedad as the left-back. Xavi has informed Balde about his decision, and has told him to train with high intensity leading up to the game.

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Balde has been linked with an exit from Barcelona, especially given Marcos Alonso’s imminent arrival. However, an impressive performance at Anoeta could open the doors for his continuity.

The Chelsea defender has reportedly completed his move to Barcelona, subject to registrations and signatures. The club plan to announce it in the coming days if they are able to register Jules Kounde in time for the game.

Balde played in every single one of Barça’s pre-season fixtures, even registering an assist — to Raphinha —, against Inter Miami.

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Barcelona fans will hope the gamble pays dues, especially because it will likely not go down well with Alba, who is one of the team captains

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Barcelona yet to receive any offers for exit-bound right back, price tag sits at €20m

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Barcelona are said to be pushing Sergino Dest towards an exit, but a recent report from journalist Adria Albets has confirmed that the player does not have any offer at the moment.

Regardless of what has been said in the past, neither have Manchester United tabled any formal offer for the right-back, nor have they made contacts with the 21-year-old’s representative.

For the moment, Barcelona are clear pretty clear about offloading Dest but in order to fulfil the operation, they are demanding in excess of €20 million.

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For that particular reason, his agents are finding it hard to find a suitor as no club is willing to match the valuation for a player who is already fallen down the pecking order.

Xavi has so far preferred to use make-shift centre-back, Ronald Araujo, as a full-back. And while the Uruguayan has done well at times, it’s pretty clear that the team is looking to bring in a full-time right-back this summer.

For that, several players such as Hector Bellerin, Juan Foyth, Diogo Dalot, Thomas Meunier and Jeremie Frimpong have been considered, but there remain several complications in carrying out the operation

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To begin with, Villarreal’s valuation of €42 million for Juan Foyth is proving to be a hindrance.

Barcelona are finding themselves in this situation mostly because their attempt to sign a certain Cesar Azpilicueta failed.

Meanwhile, as far as Dest is concerned, he knows in order to get regular minutes, he needs to move away from Camp Nou, but Barcelona’s asking price of €20 million is putting a stop to his desire.

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Manchester United were thought to be weighing up a fresh move worth €20 million for the defender, but the Premier League side is yet to make any formal move. Hence, the Dutch-born American defender continues to train within the Barcelona ranks for the time being.

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Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m

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Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m

Chelsea would reportedly prefer to sell Christian Pulisic rather than loan him out this summer.

According to The Sun, Manchester United are interested in signing the 23-year-old Blues attacker on loan

is understood that Chelsea would rather offload the American on a permanent basis, though.

The report says they’ll listen to offers for Pulisic during the next couple of weeks, but want to recuperate the full £58million they paid for him a few years ago.

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With Chelsea demanding nearly £60million for the forward, will any club step forward with a bid?

Chelsea prefer to sell Pulisic

It makes little sense doing Man United a favour by sending them Pulisic on loan, so you can fully understand why a permanent transfer would make much more sense.

Described as a “huge talent” earlier this year by Gary Neville, Pulisic is a player that frustrates supporters at Stamford Bridge.

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The winger can produce moments of brilliance in the final third, but there’s no major consistency in his game.

He finished last season with eight goals and five assists in 38 matches across all competitions, which wasn’t a bad return considering he missed a couple of months with an ankle problem

However, the United States international can’t seem to become a real favourite under Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

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His 2019/20 campaign is proof of what a talented player he can be.

The forward had 21 direct goal contributions in 34 Blues appearances, but it was a familiar case of injuries interrupting him whenever he builds up some momentum.

It would be quite a surprise if a clubs willing to fork out a near-£60million sum for him.

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