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Man United ‘put brakes on managerial search’ as 63-years considered for permanent role



Manchester United have reportedly placed their managerial search on hold in order to take a close look at interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

The former RB Leipzig tactician, who has provided inspiration for compatriots Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel due to his influence on German football, is now set to be handed an audition for the permanent role beyond this season.

Upon arrival at Old Trafford, the board made it clear to Rangnick that he was only being appointed to steady the ship until the end of the campaign.

Beyond that, he would move upstairs into a consultancy role on a two-year contract.

However, Rangnick made it clear he felt this was a chance to impress, something he’d experienced before during his time at Leipzig after stepping into the hot-seat mid-season.

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He said during his unveiling as United interim boss: “The people with whom I’ve spoken so far have been very clear we are talking about six-and-a-half months role as a manager, currently. We have never spoken about what will happen in the summer.

“Right now, I’m fully aware they might be looking for a new manager. If they will then speak with me about that, we will see.

“Maybe, if they ask me for my opinion, and, as you say, everything goes well, we develop the team, I might even make the same recommendation to the board that I made at Leipzig twice when I recommended to them it might be a good idea to keep working with me for one year.

“But this is all hypothetical, we cannot speak about it. For me, now, it’s about winning the next games and this is the major focus.”

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However, The Sun are now reporting that United have placed their manager search on hold due to the recent progress of Rangnick, who has won five of his eight Premier League matches in charge.

Although the football has hardly been eye-catching, there is an appreciation that Rangnick inherited a troubled team in turmoil following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Slowly but surely, Rangnick has overseen progress with United now on course to challenge Tottenham and Arsenal for the top-four.

The side’s last-gasp winner against West Ham last weekend was a throwback to the days of Sir Alex Ferguson when United would not lie down until the final whistle.

Furthermore, Rangnick has also shown his character as manager by standing firm against Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese superstar was subbed against Brentford.

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United have also started to keep more clean sheets under his leadership, four in their last 10 matches.

The Red Devils have been casting an eye over the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers ahead of a potential appointment this summer.

Yet all of those bosses are currently tied down to long-term contracts with their clubs.

Furthermore, Pochettino and Rodgers’ stock appears to have fallen in recent months, something that could see United reconsider their next move.

Leicester are currently 10th in the Premier League table having lost more games (eight) than they’ve won (seven) after last season’s fifth-place finish. 


Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar




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




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




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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