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Manchester United can sign another Robin van Persie if Glazers make right appointment

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Manchester United owners the Glazers are currently mulling over who to name as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent replacement.

And all signs point to it being Mauricio Pochettino, despite the club’s interest in Luis Enrique and Erik ten Hag. Should the current PSG boss take over, he could feasibly sign Harry Kane and shape him into the club’s next Robin van Persie.

Manchester United will sign a new forward this summer, regardless of who is in charge.

This was confirmed by interim boss Ralf Rangnick on Friday, with the German admitting the club would look to sign a younger version of Edinson Cavani.

Cavani is expected to leave Old Trafford at the end of the campaign. He wanted to leave a year ago but ended up renewing his contract following a strong end to the season.

La Liga and a return to South America are both potential options for the 34-year-old, who missed Saturday’s match with Southampton due to injury.

And Cristiano Ronaldo’s future is uncertain, too.

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Though the Portugal international has done well since returning from Juventus, he’s not entirely happy with life at the Theatre of Dreams.

After all, why would he be? United are going for Champions League football, rather than the Premier League title. No trophy is expected to be won, extending their wait for silverware into a sixth year.

And if United do appoint Pochettino, it’s certainly feasible the Argentine will seek a reunion with Kane.

Kane has been a world-class player for many years, now. He’s done well under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte in the time since Pochettino left.

Yet it was under the Argentine when he was at his happiest.

Pochettino helped shape Kane into the A-lister he is today, placing his faith in the England international when he was still learning his trade.

Kane scored 21 goals from 34 league appearances during the 49-year-old’s first year at the helm.

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He netted 25 from 38 the following year and managed 29 goals from 30 appearances in the 2016/2017 campaign.

Under Pochettino, Kane then notched 30 times in the top flight the following year – before still managing a respectable 17 goals from 28 matches in the 2018/2019 season as Tottenham reached the Champions League final.

While he’s struggled for consistency under Antonio Conte this term, Kane remains gold.

And there’s a sense that, if Pochettino does reunite with the player at Old Trafford, he can help him become the club’s next Van Persie.

United signed the Dutchman from Arsenal in 2012 when the Netherlands international was already the finished product, already recognised as one of the best strikers in world football.

And he certainly didn’t disappoint, notching 30 goals the following year as United won the Premier League title.

Since then, they’ve signed veterans in Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cavani.

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Yet all three players, arguably, were past their absolute best by the time they signed on the dotted line.

Kane, at 28, still has much more to give, however.

The England international is just about to enter the prime years of his career and won’t hang around at Tottenham if they fail to make the Champions League.

While United are also struggling to make the top four, their status as one of the world’s biggest clubs means they’ll always be able to attract the best players.

And if they do hire Pochettino, the Glazers may have the perfect bait to make a transfer happen.

Tottenham would hate to lose Kane to one of their fiercest rivals but, having denied him a move away last summer, may end up caving to avoid a repeat of last summer’s debacle.

What happens in the end is something only time, ultimately, will happen.  

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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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