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Man United in talks with Ernesto Valverde as fears PSG block Mauricio Pochettino’s exit

The former Tottenham manager is keen to take over at Old Trafford and it is believed he would be ready to leave PSG now.

But the United hierarchy does not want to risk its season being further derailed by protracted negotiations with the French giants following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.

This is why they are moving forward with plans to appoint an interim, with former Barcelona coach Valverde on a shortlist of around five possibilities to take charge until the summer.

While United would not rule out paying a buyout if PSG were ready to release Pochettino from his contract, which does not expire until 2023, they don’t want to get locked into negotiations unless they are certain. that an agreement could be reached.

They are aware of the financial strength of the Qatar-backed club – and how they resisted Real Madrid’s attempts to sign Kylian Mbappe last summer.

Although France’s World Cup winner has made it clear that he wants to leave – and the fact that he will be a free agent at the end of the season – PSG have firmly insisted that he is not not to sell.

If they take a similar stance with Pochettino – not least because of the potential embarrassment of their manager wanting to step down midway through a campaign – it risks ruining United’s hopes of trying to save their own season.

Pochettino is seen as one of the high-caliber targets to be taken back for good after Solskjaer’s sacking.


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