Manchester United have seemingly been cleared to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager this summer – but only if they allow a big-name star to depart for the French capital in return.
The 49-year-old finds himself once again being heavily linked to the Old Trafford hotseat. Having just ‘celebrated’ his one-year anniversary at the Parisian giants, all does not seem well and reports indicate a parting of ways may be on the cards.
Indeed, despite being 10 points clear in the Ligue 1 summit at the time of writing, all has not gone well for Pochettino in France.
They lost out in the Ligue 1 title race last season, with surprise winners Lille claiming the crown. And there was misery in the Champions League too as Manchester City overcame them in the semi-finals.
Furthermore, they were eliminated from this season’s French Cup, losing to Nice on penalties. And with a Champions League round-of-16 clash against Real Madrid looming, reports claim Pochettino could be axed were they to lose.
It all represents something of a tumultuous spell in charge of PSG for Pochettino. Furthermore, the Argentine has also had to contend with rumors aplenty over the future of Kylian Mbappe. That saga, though, finally appears to have reached a dramatic conclusion.
And there’s the small matter of keeping all the big egos in the PSG dressing room content. One of those players, Georginio Wijnaldum, recently spoke out about his discontent in Paris.
As such, reports this week say Pochettino has reportedly ‘had enough’ of life in Paris. They claim he feels he has been forced to work in highly-testing conditions and feels the constant criticism of his management is wholly unfair.
Now, reports linking Pochettino to United appear to be growing louder by the day.
Ronaldo for Pochettino swap reports
Indeed, the Daily Mirror PSG claims are open to the deal taking place. However, in lieu of compensation, they would like to take Cristiano Ronaldo to Paris.
The paper claims Ronaldo is open to leaving Old Trafford this summer. And despite having a contract until 2023, the Portuguese superstar is ‘frustrated with life’ back in Manchester.
Despite having scored 14 goals in his second spell with the Red Devils, matters on the pitch have not gone smoothly.
They are battling Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham to finish fourth. And having been eliminated from the FA Cup, the Champions League remains their last hope of silverware. That though in itself looks a long shot given United’s current form.
As such, the Mirror claims a move to Paris looks to be on the cards.
Cristiano Ronaldo threatens to leave Manchester United unless Zidane becomes manager
Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to leave Manchester United unless former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is appointed
The Parisians are looking for another big-name attacker with Mbappe likely to leave on a free.
And that will open the door on the dream scenario of Ronaldo pairing up with long-term adversary Lionel Messi.
In addition, Paris also look likely to appoint Zinedine Zidane as coach in succession to Pochettino. And the two men enjoyed a great understanding during their time together at Real Madrid. As such, the report claims that will prove a further lure to Ronaldo.
Rangnick facing dressing room revolt
Ralf Rangnick, meanwhile, reportedly facing a fresh dressing room revolt with some players unhappy about Jesse Lingard’s omission from Friday night’s FA Cup loss to Middlesbrough.
Lingard missed the shock loss on penalties to the Championship side, with Rangnick claiming the midfielder had told him he was not in the right frame of mind to play in the game after missing out on an exit on the January transfer window.
However, the England star immediately hit back on Twitter: “The club advised me to have time off due to personal reasons! But my headspace is clear and I’ll always be professional when called upon and give 100 percent. ‘
Rangnick, though, still stuck to his initial comments after United’s cup debacle. That left Red Devils fans confused over who is telling the truth.
Now the Mirror claims United’s players are unhappy at the way the saga has been played out in public.
The article claims some players are unhappy with the German and goes as far to say that Rangnick now faces a dressing-room revolt.
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