Man Utd holding discussions with Spanish tactician currently out of work

Manchester United are allegedly speaking to manager Ernesto Valverde about the possibility of becoming their new interim head coach until the end of the season.

Former midfielder Michael Carrick is currently in charge of senior team affairs at Old Trafford following the Norwegian tactician Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal over the weekend.

The Red Devils are planning to appoint an interim chief for the remainder of the 2021-22 term before seeking a long-term Ole replacement, with Paris Saint-Germain leader Mauricio Pochettino said to be the favourite for the role.

According to a recent report from a British daily newspaper The Guardian, the board have spoken with the Spaniard about the role, with the 57-year-old keen on taking charge of United for the rest of the season.

The report adds that he has already started ‘sounding out’ potential stars that could be signed to boost the roster during the January transfer market.

The Spaniard, who is reportedly on a five-man wishlist for the role, has been out of work since departing the La Liga giants Barcelona last year following two and a half years in the role.

Ernensto has also managed Villarreal, Espanyol, Olympiacos, Athletic Bilbao and Valencia.

Domestic rivals considering paying more than £33m for Man Utd target

Tottenham Hotspur are allegedly interested in landing Roma midfielder and Manchester United target Nicolo Zaniolo ahead of the January transfer market.

Manager Antonio Conte has been tipped to set their sights on the Serie A market for new players in the new year, and the Italian is said to be monitoring the Italian ace’s situation under head coach Jose Mourinho.

According to an Italian media outlet Calciomercato, the 22-year-old star is unhappy to have started on the bench in I Giallorossi’s last two league matches versus Venezia and Genoa and the player recently had a small ‘quarrel’ with ex-Spurs and Red Devils manager Mourinho in training.

The report goes on to say that the talented youngster is valued by the club at around €40 million (£33.6 million), a figure which the English giants would be ready to pay for him.

Spurs may, however, face stiff competition from the Old Trafford side, who Zaniolo would be keen on joining, while Roma’s league rivals Juventus have also been touted with an interest.

Nicolo who has just over two years remaining on his current deal at the Stadio Olimpico has made 84 appearances in all competitions for the Rome-based giants, scoring 15 goals and picking up eight assists.

Man Utd declare interest in sought-after Barcelona youngster

Manchester United are reportedly keen on signing Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong as a replacement for outgoing midfielder Paul Pogba.

The Old Trafford side are yet to agree on a new contract with the 28-year-old Frenchman who will see his existing deal expire next year, meaning he is at risk of leaving the Theatre of Dreams for free.

De Jong, meantime, has recently been linked with a transfer away from Camp Nou, with the Catalan outfit believed to have placed a €90 million (£75 million) price tag on the star, which has alerted a host of Premier League clubs.

According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are prepared to join rivals Liverpool and Manchester City in the race to land the 24-year-old Dutchman, who could be available in the January transfer market.

It has previously been claimed that the Citizens have made an official €90 million (£75 million) bid for De Jong, while the Reds will think about stepping up their interest in the player in the winter window, as the side continue their search to replace Frenkie’s fellow countryman Georginio Wijnaldum.

De Jong, who is tied down at Blaugrana until June 2026, has made 107 appearances in all competitions for the Catalan giants since joining from Ajax in the summer of 2019, scoring nine goals and grabbing 14 assists.