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Barcelona ready to sell star for €30M, Manchester United make stunning offer for Real Madrid target and more: Transfer Roundup, 11 May 2019

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Cardiff City v Manchester United - Premier League
Cardiff City v Manchester United - Premier League

All the latest from the rumour mill!

Merson thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjær might lose his job

Manchester United have been on a torrid run ever since they offered the permanent deal to Ole Gunnar Solskjær. The Red Devils are out of the running for the Champions League places and will be playing in the Europa League next season.

They travel to Cardiff on the final day and Paul Merson believes that a loss would result in United sacking Ole:

“Nothing surprises me in football, if they lost to Cardiff who knows what would happen. I wouldn't know. I don't see Solskjaer being on a Mourinho contract, where you'd have to pay £15m to get him out of it - I think there'll be serious meetings if they don't win this game.”
“You'd have to seriously think if they're not wiping the floor with Cardiff, they've made a mistake with Solskjaer. If he'd had this run at the start, would he be permanent manager now? No, he wouldn't.”

Reports suggest that Manchester United are looking to sign as many as 5 players this summer to revamp the squad. Fans are desperate to see the deadwood sold off in the summer but Merson believes that the situation isn't going to favor United.

The Sky Sports pundit believes that clubs and agents will be charging the Red Devils over the top prices for their players as they know how badly United need them. He said:

“Everyone needs top players - Bayern Munich need top players, Real Madrid need top players, and everyone else will too. I don't see how you go to Manchester United. If you're a £90m player and United come in for you, and other teams come in for you, you have to weigh it up. How far are we behind these other teams? It's a long way. It's not one or two players.”
“Solskjaer's said agents are calling him, yeah of course they are. They know United are in a situation where they'll play money willy-nilly, and willy-nilly wages, and that's what's happened for the last God-knows how long at United. They've got to draw a line sooner or later, not just bring in players because they know Manchester United will pay top dollar.”

Meanwhile, Ander Herrera has confirmed that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season. Antonio Valencia is also on the way out while a new deal hasn't been agreed yet with Juan Mata, whose contract also expires at the end of the season.

Ledley King wants Pochettino to stay at Tottenham for a long time

Ajax v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg
Ajax v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg

Tottenham have made it to the Champions League final for the first time ever and Ledley King believes that Mauricio Pochettino should stay at the club for as long as possible. The former Spurs player believes that keeping hold of the manager is best for the success of the club.

He said:

“He's vitally important and he's taken the club to great levels in such a short space of time. It's always important to keep looking forward and to keep wanting to improve. I'm sure that's what the manager wants to do, compete for Champions Leagues and Premier League titles.”
“Everything is in place for the club to kick on and play at the highest level. The new stadium has already made a difference to the team and the performances. Being in the Champions League final, competing for Premier Leagues is what the team want to be doing each season and I'm sure under Pochettino, with his determination and his drive we can do that.”

Barcelona ready to sell Andre Gomes to Tottenham

Real Betis v Barcelona - La Liga
Real Betis v Barcelona - La Liga

Reports last night suggested that Andre Gomes had agreed personal terms with Tottenham. Now, reports in Spain suggest that Barcelona are ready to sell him to Spurs for €30 million.

The Portuguese midfielder is currently on loan at Everton and they have an option to buy him at the end of the season. The Toffees are yet to decide on the €25 million option they have and Spurs are trying to take advantage of it.

Tottenham are keen on bolstering their midfield this summer and are keen on the Barcelona flop. In the Premier League, however, Gomes has impressed for Everton, and Marco Silva is keen on keeping him at the club.

The advantage for Spurs is that they will be offering him European football for sure next season while Everton are looking to get there with his help.

Manchester United make offer for Adrien Rabiot

Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester City FC - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg
Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester City FC - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg

Manchester United have confirmed that Ander Herrera is leaving the club and now they need to find a replacement. The Spaniard is reportedly going to PSG in the summer and it looks like United are looking to sign a player leaving the Ligue 1 side for free.

Adrien Rabiot is set to leave the French side this summer when his contract expires at the end of the season. Reports suggest that United are keen on signing him to bolster their midfield.

However, the Red Devils are not the only ones who are interested in him. The same report suggests that Arsenal, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur are also looking to sign him.

Barcelona were the front runners for him for a long time but with the signing of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax, they dropped their interest.

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Edited by Arvind Sriram
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