Manchester United have set a deadline after already sounding out Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement, while Memphis Depay is blaming his old club after missing out on a move to Barcelona, according to Tuesday’s transfer gossip.
UNITED TURN TO POCHETTINO
According to a report in the Daily Star senior club figures have made contact with Pochettino’s camp. The report adds that the Argentine is keen to make United his next job, as he looks to get back into management.
Solskjaer looks to be on borrowed time at United following a woeful start to the new season. That start turned even more shambolic after the 6-1 home defeat to Tottenham on Sunday.
It is understood that United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward is not prepared to sack the Norwegian in the current international break.
But he wants to see a dramatic improvement in performances and results when the Premier League gets back underway.
If that does not happen then Woodward could pull the plug on Solskjaer’s reign as early as November and turn to former Tottenham boss Pochettino.
Woodward remains a huge admirer of Pochettino, who has been out of work since Spurs sacked him last November.
The 48-year-old is said to have turned down a host of jobs since leaving Tottenham, including Barcelona twice, as he waits for the right opportunity.
The report adds that United fit the bill and Pochettino is confident he can take on the challenge of restoring the Red Devils to their former glories.
Although Woodward will be reluctant to axe Solskjaer, he fears he might be left with no choice if the team’s decline becomes more serious.
United are currently languishing in 16th place in the table following three points from their three league games. They havd also lost their first two home games of a league campaign for just the fifth time in the club’s history.
DEPAY’S BARCELONA MOVE WRECKED BY UNITED
Memphis Depay has been left cursing one of his former clubs on deadline day, as Manchester United wrecked the Lyon star’s move to Barcelona after they failed to land Ousmane Dembele. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal brokered a £110m deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey and will be paying him £260,000-a-week wages, £2.5m signing-on fee and 10 per cent agent commission, making him the club’s third-highest player behind Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Daily Mirror)
Antoine Griezmann is not happy with new Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman’s decision to play him in a wide role, according to his France boss Didier Deschamps. (Daily Mirror)
Diego Simeone has been left ‘very angry’ by Thomas Partey’s £45m move to Arsenal, having made plans to play the midfielder alongside Lucas Torreira regularly. (Daily Mirror)
Mesut Ozil has urged Matteo Guendouzi to make the most of his time away from Arsenal after the Frenchman completed a loan move to Hertha Berlin. (Daily Mirror)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Felipe Anderson’s move from West Ham to Porto on a season loan will be confirmed on Tuesday. (Daily Mail)
Liverpool outcast Xherdan Shaqiri is set for continued Anfield exile with no new offers for the winger, according to reports. (The Sun)
Tottenham reportedly launched a late move to sign Lyon striker Moussa Dembele before snapping up Carlos Vinicius. (Daily Express)
The Premier League is offering a grant of less than £50m to bail out lower league clubs – with any additional money only available in the form of a repayable loan, EFL club sources have claimed. (The Times)
Scottish football looks set to be saved from financial catastrophe after a breakthrough in talks with the Government. (Daily Record)
New Rangers boy Bongani Zungu had his heart set on a move to Ibrox as soon as the Liverpool-daft midfielder learned of Anfield legend Steven Gerrard’s interest. (Daily Record)
Rangers have had a bid for Huddersfield midfielder Juninho Bacuna rejected. (Scottish Sun)