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Manchester United can’t persist with Solksjaer if Conte and Zidane are available

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Manchester United can't persist with Solksjaer if Conte and Zidane are available

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s time at the club is on the brink of coming to an end after the club lost their chance to win the Europa League for the first time in four years after his side lost to Villareal on Wednesday night.

Losing the Europa League final fueled the anger of United fans who did not shy off from expressing it through their Twitter handles, demanding that he leave the club due to his failure to lift a single trophy since joining the club as a manager in 2018.

Should Solksjaer be sacked, the Glazers will no doubt be looking for a top-class manager in the hope to lift a trophy soon. 

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Some of the managers that United might turn to include:

Brendan Rogers

The Northern Irish manager has led the Foxes to FA Cup glory this season, and, though they have bottled the chance to play Champions League football twice under Rodgers, he is still one of the best managers in the Premier League.

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With all of Rodgers’ sides known for their attacking football, he would bring a plan to the club. 

He could be the key when it comes to getting a tune out of the best players currently at Old Trafford.

Antonio Conte

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Despite leading Inter Milan to their first Scudetto in eleven years, the Italian resigned as manager on Wednesday. 

Conte has won league titles with Chelsea, Juventus and now Inter Milan. It is no doubt that he might be able to do the job with United. 

According to earlier reports, the 51-year-old wanted to manage United, stating how he would love to be the club’s manager.

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Zinedine Zidane

The three-time UEFA Champions League winner was linked with United after Jose Mourinho’s exit which coincidentally was around the same time Zidane resigned from Real Madrid after winning the 2018 UEFA Champions League. 

The move, however, did not happen as United turned to Solksjaer. Zidane has recently announced that he is on his way out of the club, and Manchester United will undoubtedly try to bring him aboard.

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Massimiliano Allegri

The former Juventus manager appears to be Real Madrid’s top choice in case Zidane leaves the club. The Italian has been out of work since leaving Juventus two years ago. He has won titles with both Juventus and AC Milan.

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Rangers

Rangers fear major exit for ‘key’ player wanted by clubs abroad

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Scott Arfield has been a vital part of the Rangers team since joining in 2018, and his current form, especially after van Bronckhorst took charge, is nothing short of exemplary.

The 33-year old Scottish-Canadian’s display is on a high now, and he recently helped his side’s win against Livingston with his “unbelievable” (according to Richard Foster) 75th minute goal.

He is a must-keep, but according to transfermarkt, the reigning Scottish champions risk losing him and other senior team members, including Steven Davis and Allan McGregor, in the summer following contract expiry.

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The Mirror’s print edition reported that the Gers fear letting their No. 37 go in exchange for nothing, given that USA clubs have their sights set on the midfielder, and his contract is only months away from expiry.

Money included or not, Scott’s departure could be a big blow come next season since he now practically determines Rangers’ performance (the one time he didn’t play after Gerrard’s exit is the only time Rangers dropped points.)

Hopefully, Rangers will consider holding talks to fight for the former Huddersfield Town’s contract extension, and he (Scott) is willing to stay in Scotland and at Ibrox, otherwise the double loss in terms of money and talent could hugely affect the Gers next season.

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Liverpool win race for £50m Porto star

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Liverpool are preparing a late £45 million bid for Porto striker Luis Diaz, who is also being pursued by Tottenham.

The Colombian winger was Jurgen Klopp’s first option for the summer transfer window, but due to Spurs’ significant interest, Liverpool have hastened their preparations.

Liverpool is thought to be proposing an initial £37 million, plus bonuses, which will only be activated if Diaz is a major success at Anfield.

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Tottenham has been in discussions with Porto over Diaz, reportedly willing to spend up to £46 million for the player.

Spurs are reportedly willing to pay £37.6 million upfront for Diaz, with an extra £8.4 million in performance-related add-ons, according to reports in Portugal.

Spurs have already appeared to miss out on Wolves attacker Adama Traore, who appears poised to return to Barca on loan, and missing out on Luiz would be another major blow this month.

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It is unclear whether Diaz will move to Anfield this month or wait till the end of the season. In 18 outings for his current club this season, he has managed to score 14 goals.

Sky Sports reporter Vinny O’Connor:

“Obviously, it’s far from done and could easily come to nothing.

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“However, Liverpool view this as an excellent deal if it gets completed – very much close to a Diogo Jota-type fee. Also, it is far better value than the original €60m asking price.

“Diaz was Jurgen Klopp’s first choice for the summer, but they have brought those plans forward because it was clear if Liverpool didn’t act this window, the player would move on.

“This isn’t done and could yet collapse – the player is in Argentina with his national team, so it will be far from straightforward to complete the deal.

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“However, if it does get done, it’s a big coup for Julian Ward, who is to succeed sporting director Michael Edwards in the summer. It was a deal in which Ward lead for the first time, but it is fair to say he’s been supported strongly by Edwards who put together the strategy to secure the player this month.”

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Two Everton midfielders out for minimum of four weeks

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After suffering injuries in the last week, Everton midfielders Abdoulaye Doucoure and Fabian Delph will both be out for at least four weeks.

The injury to Doucoure occurred in the second half of Everton’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday, while the injury to Delph occurred in training.

Duncan Ferguson, the interim manager, suddenly has a scarcity of fit midfield players, with Tom Davies also sidelined for a prolonged period.

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Allan, Andre Gomes, and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, as well as Tyler Onyango, are available.

An Everton statement read: “Everton midfielders Abdoulaye Doucoure and Fabian Delph are expected to be out for a minimum of four weeks after sustaining injuries.

“Frenchman Doucoure was forced off in the 65th minute of Saturday’s Premier League match against Aston Villa at Goodison Park due to a groin problem.

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“Subsequent tests have revealed the 29-year-old requires a period of rehabilitation under the care of Everton’s medical staff at USM Finch Farm.

“Meanwhile, Delph sustained a thigh injury during a training session this week and is now undergoing treatment with the club’s medical team.”

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