Manchester United are in ‘concrete negotiations’ with a potential Ole Gunnar Solskjaer successor while Manchester City have their eye on a Serie A star to replace Sergio Aguero – all in Wednesday’s European papers.
MAN UTD CLOSING IN ON ALLEGRI
Manchester United are in ‘concrete negotiations’ with Massimiliano Allegri about the Italian taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford, according to reports.
Solskjaer returns to the dugout following the international break facing pressure to get a result against Liverpool on Sunday, with his side 12th in the Premier League after eight games so far.
United have been heavily linked with former Juventus head coach Allegri amid speculation that Solskjaer is close to departing and Tuttosport report that the Red Devils are deep in discussions with the Italian.
The newspaper also claims to reveal details of Allegri’s potential salary, saying that he will earn more than the €7.5m he was earning per year in Turin.
The source adds that Allegri wants a decision to be made within two weeks at the latest, otherwise it is claimed he fears he would not have enough time to turn United‘s form around.
If that deadline cannot be met, however, Tuttosport says that Allegri would want put a potential move to the Premier League on hold until the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Allegri was interviewed about the speculation by Polish newspaper Przegląd Sportowy while attending the AEFCA’s [Alliance of European Football Coaches Association] 2019 Symposium in Warsaw.
He joked: “I speak English too poorly for now, but I am learning.”
AND THE REST
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has identified Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez as the man he wants to replace Sergio Aguero, who will have one year left on his current deal when he turns 32 next year (Calciomercato)
Former Inter striker Mauro Icardi – now at Paris Saint-Germain – has backed Romelu Lukaku to end his slump in front of goal (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has admitted that he “can’t be satisfied” at the amount of game time he is getting under Frank Lampard, but has vowed to fight for his place (L’Equipe)
Barcelona could be forced to take the bus to their clash with Eibar at the weekend due to the current political unrest throughout Catalonia (Diario AS)
Zinedine Zidane’s side are on alert after Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe rejected the offer of a new contract at the Parc des Princes (Diario Gol)
Zidane’s son, Luca, says he has no regrets at leaving the club earlier this summer for Racing Santander on a year-long loan deal (Diario AS)
Andriy Lunin, another Madrid man who left on loan for the current campaign, says he wouldn’t have done so had he been made aware of Keylor Navas’ exit (Marca)
AC Milan were keen on signing Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos earlier this summer before he joined Arsenal on loan (Calciomercato)
Roma will be without attacker Edin Dzeko for at least one game after he fractured his cheekbone against Cagliari before the international break (Calciomercato)
Napoli striker Dries Mertens is considering an offer from China that would see him earn £17m a year, with options for him to leave at the end of his contract in 2020 or in January both on the table (Corrierre dello Sport)