Following Paris Saint-Germain’s exit from the Champions League on Tuesday, the board has reportedly decided to get rid of manager Unai Emery.
Failure to beat Real Madrid in both the legs saw PSG get eliminated from the Champions League and that has attracted a lot of criticism for manager Emery.
Emery, who had guided Sevilla to three back-to-back Europa League titles, was appointed by PSG in 2016 to win them the coveted Champions League.
But so far, the Spaniard has failed to deliver what was expected out of him and even if he wins the Ligue 1 this term, the board are considering sacking him after the end of the campaign.
Emery’s sacking has seemed almost inevitable for some time now, with the main question being when the club would part ways with him.
PSG’s main ambition is to find success in Europe and that was the sole reason why Emery was appointed.
But now the Ligue 1 heavyweights are ready to run the axe over the Spaniard and as per French publication L’Equipe, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte leads the list, while Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is considered as the second option. (h/t Sport Witness)
Paris chiefs are said to have been studying Pochettino since last year’s November and following Emery’s failure for two successive years, they are ready to go after the Argentine in summer.
The report claims Serge Aurier’s close entourage did provide some valuable information, while Nasser Al-Khelaifi shares a good relationship with them despite the transfer of the player in summer to Spurs.
Above all, the relationship between PSG and Spurs has further strengthened in January following the acquisition of Lucas Moura.
It is understood Pini Zahavi, who helped PSG acquire the services of Neymar from Barcelona last summer, has a fine relationship with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and that could aid the French giants in their efforts to sign Pochettino.
Pochettino is also believed to know Zahavi but the report add ‘no concrete steps’ have been taken as Levy continues to be a barrier.
However, the French club are aware Pochettino is unlikely to leave Spurs during the middle of season, meaning they could intensify their efforts to hire him in summer.
For now, perhaps, PSG, who hold a massive 14-point lead over AS Monaco, are in no rush to sack Emery as they are aware the Spurs manager could only be lured away after the end of this campaign.
Tottenham interested in signing 22-year-old Serie A ace as possible replacement for Toby Alderweireld
The 22-year-old Sampdoria defender has eight Serie A appearances this season and has helped the side to fifth place in the table.
The report claims that Alderweireld has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Manchester United. The Dane joined the Serie A side from FC Twente last season for a fee of €4million (h/t Calciomercato).
The report adds that Juventus and Inter Milan are interested in the 22-year-old, and the Milan club has a history of signing players from Sampdoria.
Milan Skriniar joined Inter from Sampdoria in 2017 and has become one of the best defenders in the league. The report further claims that Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero wants at least €30million for the defender.
Tottenham have a problem with Alderweireld as the report claims his contract is up in 2019 and could leave for free if terms are not agreed on a new deal.
The Belgian is one of the best defenders in the Premier League and losing him would be a big blow. Spurs have a great partnership between Jan Vertonghen and Alderweireld and we must look to keep the pair for as long as possible.
Andersen could be a decent option for Spurs should we sign him on the cheap. Tottenham have Davinson Sanchez as the other defender fighting for a starting spot in the heart of the defence currently and Andersen would be a good choice.
“No, of course not” – Young Tottenham star ready to play for England U21 despite featuring for senior side
Harry Winks is ready to play for the England U21 side and follow the footsteps of Harry Kane. The U21 side have qualified for the Euros and the midfielder was asked if he had any issues playing for the U21s.
The Englishman was quoted by the Evening Standard as saying:
“No, of course not.
“The more games I play the better. I have missed a lot of football with my ankle injury and I’ve had a lot of problems with it still to this day.
“I have to manage it at times, but playing for your country is an honour, regardless of the level; under 21s, under 19s, under 18s, under 17s.
Kane played for the U21s in the 2015 European Championship despite playing for the senior side a couple of months earlier, as per the report.
The Tottenham midfielder played the entire 90 minutes for the Three Lions in their 3-2 win over Spain and put up a good performance.
The 21-year-old had an injury-plagued 2017/18 season but seems to have put those concerns behind him in the current campaign.
Winks has a couple of Premier League starts to his name and should have a big role to play as we look to win silverware under Mauricio Pochettino. He is such a great talent and we’d benefit a lot if he fulfills his potential at Tottenham.
Tottenham interested in January move for £15m West Brom attacker
Tottenham are interested in West Bromwich Albion winger Oliver Burke, according to the Sun (h/t Express). The Scot has a goal from two Carabao Cup appearances for the Baggies this season but hasn’t made a start in the Championship.
The report adds that Tottenham and Newcastle scouts watched the 21-year-old against Blackpool last week. The 21-year-old was a rising star for Nottingham Forest and joined RB Leipzig in the 2016/17 season.
Burke failed to make an impression for the Baggies as they were relegated from the Premier League. The youngster failed to score a goal for the team, and the report adds that the player will not come on the cheap.
Tottenham did not sign a single player in the summer, and it will be interesting to see how we deal with the January transfer window.
Burke hasn’t been great in the past two years but working under Mauricio Pochettino could be the right move for the youngster.
Our manager has done extremely well with young talent at Tottenham such as Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Harry Kane and it remains to be seen if he can work his magic again.
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