Tue. May 17th, 2022

Archie Griggs

Manchester United will need to fork out around £10million in compensation to prise Mauricio Pochettino away from Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports. The 49-year-old has emerged as the early favourite for the vacancy at Old Trafford following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was relieved of his duties on Sunday.

The Norwegian boss was sacked in the wake of United’s humiliating defeat at newly-promoted Watford on Saturday afternoon.

Solskjaer was forced to deal with his fair share of pressure during the final stages of his reign at United, with the Red Devils winning just two of his final 11 games in charge.

The club’s hierarchy decided to pull the trigger just hours after the final whistle at Vicarage Road, but failed to prepare by drawing up a comprehensive recruitment plan to land Solskjaer’s replacement.

United have already stated their intention to appoint an interim boss until the end of the season before finding a permanent solution in the summer.

However, recent reports have suggested that Pochettino is ready to leave PSG immediately and has already entered talks over a potential move to Manchester.

He is said to be growing frustrated with his current role at the club, who have employed him strictly on a head coach basis with sporting director Leonardo in control of wider footballing affairs.

Pochettino’s family have also remained in London since he took charge at PSG back in January, suggesting that a Premier League return could soon be an attractive option for the Argentine.

Although he is said to be United’s top managerial target, it remains to be seen whether club chiefs will be prepared to tempt PSG into letting their man leave.

He is under contract at the Parc des Princes until the summer of 2023, leaving United needing to pay £10m in compensation to secure his signature, according to The Mirror.

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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