Barcelona ‘enquire’ for Manchester United star as Pochettino stays at PSG due to ‘two points’ – Anil Kandola
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Xavi Hernandez, the new manager of Barcelona, has reportedly enquired for Manchester United forward, Anthony Martial, who has seen himself spiral down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
Manchester United were interested in signing Mauricio Pochettino to the managerial position, but reports suggest that two key elements had prevented this from happening.
And finally, Ralf Rangnick’s first big decision is believed to be the situation on Kieran Trippier; sign him, or not?
Barcelona have had a somewhat rocky few years. Not only did they have to let their club idol Lionel Messi leave, but they’ve also chopped and changed their manager like there’s no tomorrow. But now, ex-Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez is at the helm, and reports suggest he may be interested in a particular Manchester United player.
Marca have reported that the club have made an inquiry to Manchester United on Anthony Martial over a potential move in January. However, the situation will have to be put on pause, that is until new United boss Ralf Rangnick has settled into the club.
Martial has found life difficult over recent months at United and has struggled to impact the club. The left-wing position is arguably United’s most potent in terms of depth, and let’s face it, there is no way Martial will play ahead of the likes of Ronaldo and Greenwood in the striker’s position. Therefore, a move may be needed to revitalise his career ahead of the World Cup next year.
Poch stays put
Manchester United have appointed someone to manage the club, but, Rangnick is waiting on a work permit to get started at Old Trafford. Although many fans are thrilled with the appointment, it wasn’t an easy ride to get to this position.
For days on end, we heard dozens of names being linked from all corners of the globe, and one name which seemed most likely to be named United boss was PSG’s Mauricio Pochettino. However, a report explains two reasons why that move didn’t come to fruition.
The Mail reported PSG were willing to let Pochettino go but only on two conditions that neither of them was feasible. The first one was PSG demanded £17m to buy Pochettino out of his contract, and the second was on the condition Zinedine Zidane steps into the PSG role. Neither of them blossomed, and Pochettino stayed put.
Although Pochettino is well-respected in England, there were still question marks over him, and in the end, it feels as if United have appointed the right man to take them to the next level. And the Glazers saved £17m by not choosing Pochettino, so everyone’s a winner!
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Trippier conundrum is Rangnick’s opening decision
For quite a while now, United have been linked with Kieran Trippier, but the move never happened as former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to retain the services of Diogo Dalot instead of loaning him out. The Trippier saga, however, may not be dead and buried just yet.
AS have reported Trippier remains on United’s radar ahead of the January transfer window, and the club will allow Rangnick to sign him as one of the first signings under the new reign.
The reason why this could undoubtedly be on the cards is the fact Rangnick will almost certainly want to play with attacking full-backs. Still, as we all know, Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s attacking output isn’t exactly the greatest in the Premier League. This could then open the door for Trippier, who’s never been shy of bombing forward.
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