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Man United have three managers ‘interested’ in job if Glazers sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Manchester United have three options open to them if they take the plunge and sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports.

Solskjaer has been under mounting pressure in recent weeks due to poor results and the United hierarchy are reportedly growing restless with the Norwegian and are beginning to seriously consider a change of manager.

United’s form has been massively inconsistent this season and recent heavy defeats have raised further questions over Solskjaer’s leadership.

The team have won just three of their last 10 matches in all competitions and the 5-0 defeat by Liverpool and 2-0 loss against Manchester City highlighted hugely worrying signs.

United are sixth in the Premier League, already nine points behind leaders Chelsea, ahead of this weekend’s must-win game against Watford.

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The club have appeared reluctant to sack Solskjaer, who is approaching three years in the job, but a report by The Daily Record suggests things have shifted in the boardroom recently.

United have reportedly made progress in their attempts to win over Zinedine Zidane, who is now ‘attracted to the opportunity’ of taking over at Old Trafford.

Zidane is a free agent, having left Real Madrid in the summer, and is keen to work with his former players Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as Paul Pogba, who he repeatedly tried to sign for the Spanish giants.

The 49-year-old won three Champions League titles with Real Madrid and is seen as a less abrasive manager than Antonio Conte, who the club held talks with before he joined Tottenham.

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Zidane’s limited English and his wife’s reservations about moving to Manchester could scupper any deal, but the wheels have at least been set into motion.

The Frenchman is not the only option for the Glazers and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who are also ‘assessing the candidacies’ of Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino.

Both are said to be ‘interested’ in taking charge at Old Trafford, but United would have to pay substantial compensation to Leicester City and Paris Saint-Germain to hire them mid-season.

Solskjaer signed a new contract with United in August, yet this deal is understood to include an unchanged single-season compensation payment should the Glazers pull the trigger.

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Discontent with Solskjaer stems from results on the pitch, but also the feeling amongst the players, who are said to think a change of manager is ‘essential’ to turning things around.

The Norwegian has not impressed key players who have concerns about his training methods, tactics and in-game management.

United face Watford in the Premier League on Saturday before a Champions League tie against Villarreal and daunting fixtures against Chelsea and Arsenal.

Solskjaer will be without Pogba, who picked up a hamstring injury on international duty, while Marcus Rashford was forced to withdraw from the England squad due to a lack of fitness.

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Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar

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Chelsea look to be closing in on the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei.

The Blues are reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Inter Milan youngster ahead of what is expected to be a €15m (plus add-ons) transfer. Inter had been looking for around €20m all told.

As per Fabrizio Romano, and others, the highly promising Italy youth international, though who has yet to make his senior professional debut, has agreed a six-year deal with the Blues, choosing Chelsea over the likes of OGC Nice in France and US Sassuolo in Italy.

Presumably, Casadei will not be joining the Chelsea first-team right away, though post-Brexit work permit rules are fairly esoteric and confusing.

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Perhaps he will end up joining one of the aforementioned teams on loan to build up the necessary professional experience? Just speculating…

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While the two teams have yet to agree a transfer, this looks to be drawing to a successful conclusion for us, adding yet another teenager talent to the team as we look to build for not only this season but for many seasons in the future.

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Mikel Arteta drops Youri Tielemans hint as Arsenal can sign ‘more complete’ N’Golo Kante

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Today’s Arsenal transfer round-up on Tuesday, August 16.

Tielemans hint

Mikel Arteta’s increased use of Granit Xhaka could mean that Arsenal are close to giving up on transfer target Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners are still chasing a deal for the Leicester City midfielder but have seen their chances dwindle of doing a deal this summer and now, despite Xhaka previously saying he had come close to leaving, the club could have to do without a new addition.

Xhaka is now part of a new leadership group at the Emirates Stadium, a possible indication that he may remain at the club and throw a move for Tielemans into doubt.

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Kante replacement

With Tielemans becoming less and less attainable this season, Arsenal have reportedly turned their attention elsewhere.

According to the Express, Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs including the Gunners and Manchester United. Having been previously compared with Kante, Arsenal’s desire to sign Caicedo is understandable.

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South American football expert Tim Vickery said, “A year ago he was saying that Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.”

Yeremi Pino flight explained

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has cleared the air regarding Yeremi Pino and denies that a bid has been made for him.

Romano told CaughtOffside, “Many clubs have been following Yeremi Pino for months, he is a top player of the future that at least three Premier League clubs have been monitoring for some time.

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“No proposals have been made yet to Villarreal, who would like more than €50m for their young star; it will not be an easy negotiation.

“As for the rumours about Arsenal – Edu was not travelling to Spain to meet Villarreal, also because Pino’s agents are based in the UK (Stellar Group).”

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Erik Ten Hag believes £64,000 a week player will agree to join Man United – Report

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Despite signing two defenders this summer, Manchester United’s backline has been terrible this season and yet another defender is linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Yesterday, we covered a story (via Sport) claiming that the Red Devils have submitted an offer to sign Sergino Dest, who has received a clear message to leave Barcelona.

Today, the Spanish news source have covered another report and stated that the American international has not been able to impress in the last two years, moreover, he failed to convince Xavi in pre-season. Therefore, his exit is considered essential.

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Erik ten Hag wants to get rid of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer so that he can complete the signing of Dest, who is valued at 20 million euros.

The Catalan media outlet claim the Dutch manager believes that the 21-year-old Barca defender will agree (say Yes) to join Man United.

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Ten Hag really needs to understand that players from the Netherlands or connections with Ajax are not guaranteed to solve the conundrum at Old Trafford.

Under Van Gaal, Depay and Blind failed to shine for Man United. For Ten Hag, thus far, the likes of Eriksen, Martinez and Malacia have not settled.

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Now, he is pushing to sign another ex Ajax player in the form of Dest. The American was a hit in the Eredivisie but has proved to be average in the La Liga.

The youngster’s current contract at the Nou Camp will expire in 2025 and he earns around £64,000 a week (The Sun).

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