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Football transfer rumours: Allegri to become Manchester United manager? – The Guardian

February 14, 2020

Today’s fluff is ready for a reshuffle

Max Allegri has been out of work since leaving Juventus in the summer.

Max Allegri has been out of work since leaving Juventus in the summer.
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Even if it makes a novel change from repeatedly seeing Mauricio Pochettino linked with his job, Ole Gunnar Solskjær is unlikely to be too impressed with gossip doing the rounds in Italy suggestingMax Allegrihas reached an agreement to replace him atManchester United. Since leaving Juventus last summer, the 52-year-old has been on sabbatical and rejected approaches from several Italian clubs, butCorriere dello Sportsay he has a deal in place to take over an unspecified English one. Despite them having a managerial vacancy since the departure of Colin Calderwood, we’re going to hazard a guess that Max won’t be taking over at Cambridge United any time soon.

That low murmur you can hear coming from the Emirates, is the sound of ongoing talks betweenArsenal’sbean-counters and representatives ofBukayo Saka. With the club trying to tie their teenage winger down to a long-term deal, his “people” are almost certainly using reported interest fromManchester UnitedandLiverpoolas leverage to get their client more bunce.

German magazine Kicker sayManchester Unitedhad a January approach forCorentin Tolissorejected byBayern Munich, who had originally deemed the French midfielder surplus to requirements but decided not to let him go because they were a little short on numbers due to injuries. United may move for the player again come season’s end, but will face competition fromArsenal,Juventus,NapoliandAtlético Madrid. By selling Tolisso, Bayern hope to raise funds to pay for Bayer Leverkusen’s 20-year-old midfielderKai Havertz, who regular readers of the Rumour Mill will know has long been a Liverpool target and features prominently on Jürgen Klopp’s summer shopping list.

Rumour Mill stapleJadon Sanchoremains a young man in big demand, withLiverpoolbecoming the latest Premier League club to express their interest in signing the 19-year-old winger fromBorussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga outfit are unlikely to let him go for a penny less than £100m, what with United, Chelsea and his former club Manchester City all interested in offering him a return to Blighty. As they prepare to sell Sancho, Dortmund are one of several big clubs understood to be keeping tabs on 16-year-oldBirmingham CityprodigyJude Bellingham, who is also getting the getting the glad eye fromChelseaand – you’ve guessed it – Manchester United.

Liverpoolare looking to bolster their attacking options by signingRB LeipzigstrikerTimo Wernerfor around £45m. The Germany international will not be joined at Anfield by former Liverpool playmakerPhilippe Coutinhowho feels his future lies elsewhere.

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Aaron Ramseyhas endured a quiet season atJuventussince joining on a free fromArsenalin the summer. The wales midfielder could leave Serie A with the Gunners,Chelsea,Manchester UnitedandLiverpoolall keen on acquiring his services.

Frank Lampard is lining up a plethora of deals with £150m at this disposal.Chelseaare already closing onAjax’s Hakim Ziyechand could bring backJeremie BogafromSassuolowhere the Frenchman has impressed.