Paper Talk: Man Utd approach two shock managerial candidates

Date published: Sunday 13th January 2019 10:30 - Oli Fisher

Manchester United have added two names to their managerial shortlist, while Spurs have put a staggering price tag one of their stars, according to Sunday’s papers.



Manchester United have reportedly lined up two possible names to take over at Old Trafford in the summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won his first five games in charge and his inclusive man-management style, in contrast to Mourinho’s divisive approach, has been welcomed by United’s squad – according to recent reports.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino apparently remains the first-choice of the Old Trafford board, but the club’s players are believed to have put their complete backing in Solskjaer being handed the full-time reins.

However, the Sunday Telegraph are now claiming that United are considering making a sensational approach for England boss Gareth Southgate.

Southgate captured the hearts of England fans in the summer with a successful World Cup campaign which saw the Three Lions reach the semi-finals.

The report offers an update on Pochettino, claiming that there is “no certainty yet that the Argentinian is prepared to give up on five years at his current club to become the fourth permanent manager at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson retired”.

Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror state that United are also considering Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, whose contract with the Spanish club expires in 18 months.

They state that the Red Devils have “sounded out” Simeone over the role, but add that the Argentine is “currently in talks with Atletico over extending his contract”.

They also add a bit more on the future of Pochettino, claiming that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is understood to have slapped a minimum £50million price tag on his manager’s shoulders.



Tottenham have put a £310m price tag on England striker Harry Kane with Real Madrid rumoured to be interested in the 25-year-old (Sun on Sunday)

Arsenal have told Juventus they will have to pay £18m to sign midfielder Aaron Ramsey in January if the Italian club do not want to wait to sign him on a free transfer when the 28-year-old’s contract runs out in the summer (Sunday Mirror)

Real Madrid will bid for Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 28, and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, 26, in the summer when the pair will have a year left on their contracts (Sun on Sunday)

Tottenham are willing to match Paris St-Germain’s offer for Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong in order to sign the 21-year-old as a replacement for Christian Eriksen (Sunday Express)

West Ham will make another offer for Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 26, after having a £10m bid rejected (Sunday Express)

Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia, 33, is set to leave Old Trafford when his contract expires in the summer. Inter Milan are interested in signing the Ecuador international (Sunday Mirror)

AC Milan are preparing a move to sign Manchester United and Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 31 (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, wants the Blues to let him leave the club this week with Bayern Munich set to seal his signature (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea and Brazil winger Willian is a target for Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang. The 30-year-old is also wanted by Barcelona (Sunday Mirror)


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