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Manchester United on the verge of signing a new manager

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Manchester United have been given a boost in their hopes of bringing Mauricio Pochettino to Old Trafford as their next permanent manager, with Paris Saint-Germain’s continuing to court former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

United will be after a new permanent boss in the summer, when Ralf Rangnick’s interim tenure comes to an end, with former Spurs boss Pochettino, Ajax’s Erik ten Hag and Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers among the leading contenders.

Former France midfielder Zidane has long been linked with a move to PSG, and such a switch could clear the way for Pochettino to return to the Premier League in the summer.

There have been a few teething problems in the French club’s pursuit of Zidane, with sporting director Leonardo thought to be an obstacle, but it looks as though the club are meeting the demands of their prospective new manager.


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Manchester United have been given a boost in their hopes of bringing Mauricio Pochettino to Old Trafford as their next permanent manager, with Paris Saint-Germain’s continuing to court former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

United will be after a new permanent boss in the summer, when Ralf Rangnick’s interim tenure comes to an end, with former Spurs boss Pochettino, Ajax’s Erik ten Hag and Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers among the leading contenders.

Former France midfielder Zidane has long been linked with a move to PSG, and such a switch could clear the way for Pochettino to return to the Premier League in the summer.

There have been a few teething problems in the French club’s pursuit of Zidane, with sporting director Leonardo thought to be an obstacle, but it looks as though the club are meeting the demands of their prospective new manager.

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Pochettino remains in the mix for the Manchester United job
Pochettino remains in the mix for the Manchester United job
According to FootMercato (via Get French Football News ), Zidane’s attitude towards Leonardo has been considered a potential stumbling block.

However, PSG’s owners are reportedly prepared to do whatever it takes to bring in the multiple Champions League winning coach, even if that means parting ways with the sporting director in order to get their man.

FootMercato reports that the Ligue 1 leaders have begun approaching other sporting directors, including Spurs’ Fabio Paratici, as a managerial change remains a possibility.

Back in November, Leonardo insisted the club had no plans to ditch Pochettino, but the summer could end up heralding a double change with both men leaving the Parc des Princes.

“We do not want Pochettino to leave,” Leonardo told AFP after reports of contract between PSG and Zidane.

It is ridiculous to imagine that a meeting with Zidane could have taken place in a big hotel, in Paris, in front of the world.”

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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