Transfer news and football gossip: Pogba’s push for January Man United exit, Newcastle in £125m takeover bid, Rochdale teen scouted by Premier League club

27 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…

Paul Pogba will renew his attempts to leave Manchester United in the January transfer window. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, Manchester United are reportedly ready to activate the £32m buy-out clause in Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s contract. (The Sun)

Paul Pogba still wants to leave Manchester United and will look to seal a transfer elsewhere in January, reports claim
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Former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon has launched a fresh attempt to buy Newcastle United with a new consortium, offering to pay owner Mike Ashley £125m up front. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle United have been scouting 16-year-old Rochdale defender Luke Matheson since he made his first-team debut last year. The youngster hit the headlines this week after scoring against Man United in the Carabao Cup. (Chronicle)

Watford star Ismaila Sarr believes Liverpool forward and Senegal team-mate Sadio Mane is currently the best player in the world. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham are seeking compensation in the region of £7m from Liverpool for teenager Harvey Elliott, with an impasse between the clubs over his value likely to be resolved by a tribunal. (The Times)

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says he was “surprised and flattered” to hear Jurgen Klopp tip him to be his successor as Liverpool manager.  (Daily Star)

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Newcastle have been keeping an eye on 16-year-old Luke Matheson for over a year[/caption]

Arsenal’s players held a blind vote to decide who will be the club’s captains as boss Unai Emery looks to rebuild his five-man leadership group. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United are lining up a January move for French striker Moussa Dembele, 23, having sent a scout to Lyon’s last three games. (Daily Mail)

David Beckham is set to move into football agency – with Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood, 17, a potential client. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will both appeal against the decision to fine Barca €300 (£265) for their approach to Antoine Griezmann while he was at Atletico. (Marca)

Crystal Palace are considering a January move for Shakhtar Donetsk defensive midfielder Taras Stepanenko, having missed the chance to sign the 30-year-old Ukraine international for about £8m in the summer. (The Sun)

Transfer news and football gossip: Pogba’s push for January Man United exit, Newcastle in £125m takeover bid, Rochdale teen scouted by Premier League club

27 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…

Paul Pogba will renew his attempts to leave Manchester United in the January transfer window. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, Manchester United are reportedly ready to activate the £32m buy-out clause in Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s contract. (The Sun)

Paul Pogba still wants to leave Manchester United and will look to seal a transfer elsewhere in January, reports claim
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Former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon has launched a fresh attempt to buy Newcastle United with a new consortium, offering to pay owner Mike Ashley £125m up front. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle United have been scouting 16-year-old Rochdale defender Luke Matheson since he made his first-team debut last year. The youngster hit the headlines this week after scoring against Man United in the Carabao Cup. (Chronicle)

Watford star Ismaila Sarr believes Liverpool forward and Senegal team-mate Sadio Mane is currently the best player in the world. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham are seeking compensation in the region of £7m from Liverpool for teenager Harvey Elliott, with an impasse between the clubs over his value likely to be resolved by a tribunal. (The Times)

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says he was “surprised and flattered” to hear Jurgen Klopp tip him to be his successor as Liverpool manager.  (Daily Star)

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Newcastle have been keeping an eye on 16-year-old Luke Matheson for over a year[/caption]

Arsenal’s players held a blind vote to decide who will be the club’s captains as boss Unai Emery looks to rebuild his five-man leadership group. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United are lining up a January move for French striker Moussa Dembele, 23, having sent a scout to Lyon’s last three games. (Daily Mail)

David Beckham is set to move into football agency – with Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood, 17, a potential client. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will both appeal against the decision to fine Barca €300 (£265) for their approach to Antoine Griezmann while he was at Atletico. (Marca)

Crystal Palace are considering a January move for Shakhtar Donetsk defensive midfielder Taras Stepanenko, having missed the chance to sign the 30-year-old Ukraine international for about £8m in the summer. (The Sun)

Transfer news and football gossip: Pogba’s push for January Man United exit, Newcastle in £125m takeover bid, Rochdale teen scouted by Premier League club

27 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…

Paul Pogba will renew his attempts to leave Manchester United in the January transfer window. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, Manchester United are reportedly ready to activate the £32m buy-out clause in Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s contract. (The Sun)

Paul Pogba still wants to leave Manchester United and will look to seal a transfer elsewhere in January, reports claim
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Former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon has launched a fresh attempt to buy Newcastle United with a new consortium, offering to pay owner Mike Ashley £125m up front. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle United have been scouting 16-year-old Rochdale defender Luke Matheson since he made his first-team debut last year. The youngster hit the headlines this week after scoring against Man United in the Carabao Cup. (Chronicle)

Watford star Ismaila Sarr believes Liverpool forward and Senegal team-mate Sadio Mane is currently the best player in the world. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham are seeking compensation in the region of £7m from Liverpool for teenager Harvey Elliott, with an impasse between the clubs over his value likely to be resolved by a tribunal. (The Times)

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says he was “surprised and flattered” to hear Jurgen Klopp tip him to be his successor as Liverpool manager.  (Daily Star)

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Newcastle have been keeping an eye on 16-year-old Luke Matheson for over a year[/caption]

Arsenal’s players held a blind vote to decide who will be the club’s captains as boss Unai Emery looks to rebuild his five-man leadership group. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United are lining up a January move for French striker Moussa Dembele, 23, having sent a scout to Lyon’s last three games. (Daily Mail)

David Beckham is set to move into football agency – with Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood, 17, a potential client. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will both appeal against the decision to fine Barca €300 (£265) for their approach to Antoine Griezmann while he was at Atletico. (Marca)

Crystal Palace are considering a January move for Shakhtar Donetsk defensive midfielder Taras Stepanenko, having missed the chance to sign the 30-year-old Ukraine international for about £8m in the summer. (The Sun)

Transfer news and football gossip: Real Madrid want Eriksen and Pochettino from Tottenham, Sterling a ‘perfect signing’ for Barcelona and how Manchester United can challenge ‘for everything’

26 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online…

Real Madrid want Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen to sign a pre-contract agreement with them in January, and will then move for manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham fear Eriksen will reject attempts to sell him in January, meaning he will likely leave on a free transfer next summer. (Daily Mail)

Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is said to be ‘waiting in the wings’ for the Spurs job should Pochettino walk away. (The Sun)

Barcelona legend Xavi sees Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling as the perfect signing if he one day takes charge at the Nou Camp. (Daily Mail)

Kevin de Bruyne has been told he should leave Manchester City and join Paris Saint-Germain if he ever wants to win the Champions League, by his former manager at Genk. (Het Nieuwsblad)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to put a £250m valuation on Harry Kane in a bid to keep the England striker at the end of what could be another season without a trophy for Spurs. (Daily Telegraph)

Pochettino has hinted he is planning to make signings in the January transfer window in the wake of Tottenham’s Carabao Cup exit at the hands of League Two Colchester United. (Daily Express)

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has held talks with owners the Glazer family about making “cultural” changes at the club. (Daily Express)

Red Bull Salzburg’s 19-year-old striker Erling Braut Haaland has opened the door to a move to Manchester United – FULL STORY

Manchester United can be challengers “for everything” if they just add four world-class players to their team, according to former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. (Bein Sports)

Juventus’ 33-year-old Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic turned down a £7m-a-year offer to play in Qatar so he has the chance to join Manchester Unitedin January. (Daily Mail)

Argentina giants Boca Juniors are to make a firm offer to sign Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic from LA Galaxy, although those links have been rubbished by his agent Mino Raiola. (AS)

Transfer news and football gossip: Real Madrid want Eriksen and Pochettino from Tottenham, Sterling a ‘perfect signing’ for Barcelona and how Manchester United can challenge ‘for everything’

26 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online…

Real Madrid want Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen to sign a pre-contract agreement with them in January, and will then move for manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham fear Eriksen will reject attempts to sell him in January, meaning he will likely leave on a free transfer next summer. (Daily Mail)

Mauricio Pochettino and Christian Eriksen could both be on their way to Real Madrid
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Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is said to be ‘waiting in the wings’ for the Spurs job should Pochettino walk away. (The Sun)

Barcelona legend Xavi sees Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling as the perfect signing if he one day takes charge at the Nou Camp. (Daily Mail)

Kevin de Bruyne has been told he should leave Manchester City and join Paris Saint-Germain if he ever wants to win the Champions League, by his former manager at Genk. (Het Nieuwsblad)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to put a £250m valuation on Harry Kane in a bid to keep the England striker at the end of what could be another season without a trophy for Spurs. (Daily Telegraph)

Pochettino has hinted he is planning to make signings in the January transfer window in the wake of Tottenham’s Carabao Cup exit at the hands of League Two Colchester United. (Daily Express)

Man City star Raheem Sterling has been described as the ‘perfect signing’ for Barcelona, but Barca legend Xavi
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Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has held talks with owners the Glazer family about making “cultural” changes at the club. (Daily Express)

Red Bull Salzburg’s 19-year-old striker Erling Braut Haaland has opened the door to a move to Manchester United – FULL STORY

Manchester United can be challengers “for everything” if they just add four world-class players to their team, according to former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. (Bein Sports)

Juventus’ 33-year-old Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic turned down a £7m-a-year offer to play in Qatar so he has the chance to join Manchester Unitedin January. (Daily Mail)

Argentina giants Boca Juniors are to make a firm offer to sign Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic from LA Galaxy, although those links have been rubbished by his agent Mino Raiola. (AS)

Manchester United wrong to offer Paul Pogba a new contract, says Simon Jordan on talkSPORT – ‘I would have sold him last year’

24 Sep

Simon Jordan believes Manchester United should sell Paul Pogba, not offer the ‘divisive’ midfielder a fresh new contract at Old Trafford.

Recent reports claim the club have opened negotiations with the World Cup winner over a new ‘long-term’ deal, despite his attempts to leave over the summer.

Pogba is reportedly in talks over a new ‘long term’ contract at Manchester United
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Pogba said he was ‘ready for a new challenge’ earlier this year and his agent Mino Raiola worked hard to get him a move away, with Juventus, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain all interest, but to no avail.

He ended up staying at Old Trafford, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisting the French midfielder remains a key part of his squad and future plans at United.

That’s not what former Crystal Palace owner Jordan would have done, however.

On Tuesday, talkSPORT host Jim White asked if executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward should entertain extending Pogba’s contract.

And, as only Simon Jordan could, he quoted Al Pacino as he gave his response: “I think the actual question should be is; if I was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, would I entertain him?

“I think Paul Pogba is divisive.

“I don’t doubt and never have doubted that there is a player with innate talent there, but there is also a player that is also more about himself, I believe, than he is about the wellbeing of the football club.

“And the fact is at the moment Manchester United seem to have an amputated spirit, and there is no prosthetic for an amputated spirit and players like Pogba…

“You see Gary Neville talking about Mino Raiola the other day about how the agent is creating a division and shouldn’t be involved in football…

Pogba is currently on the sidelines with an ankle injury. He has made four Premier League appearances this season, claiming two assists
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“I personally would have sold Pogba last year, moved him along and made changes that are very definite.

“The reason why I fear for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is I don’t think he’s a definite manager. I think he’s learning his trade on other people’s time and on their dime and I think Manchester United need better than that.

“And players like Paul Pogba removed out of the club sends out very strong message about what Manchester United are really about.”

Solskjaer has been warned his job could be under threat if United’s performances don’t improve after their poor start to the new Premier League campaign – two wins, two draws and two defeats from their opening six games.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under the spotlight in the Old Trafford dugout
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The stats look even worst for the boss if you take a wider view. Manchester United have won just four league games out of 14 since he was given the job permanently in March, while they have scored just 15 goals.

And asked if he thinks Solskjaer will last the season in charge, Jordan added:

“I think he probably will, but I don’t think he’ll go much past the end of the season.”

Manchester United wrong to offer Paul Pogba a new contract, says Simon Jordan on talkSPORT – ‘I would have sold him last year’

24 Sep

Simon Jordan believes Manchester United should sell Paul Pogba, not offer the ‘divisive’ midfielder a fresh new contract at Old Trafford.

Recent reports claim the club have opened negotiations with the World Cup winner over a new ‘long-term’ deal, despite his attempts to leave over the summer.

Pogba is reportedly in talks over a new ‘long term’ contract at Manchester United
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Pogba said he was ‘ready for a new challenge’ earlier this year and his agent Mino Raiola worked hard to get him a move away, with Juventus, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain all interest, but to no avail.

He ended up staying at Old Trafford, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisting the French midfielder remains a key part of his squad and future plans at United.

That’s not what former Crystal Palace owner Jordan would have done, however.

On Tuesday, talkSPORT host Jim White asked if executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward should entertain extending Pogba’s contract.

And, as only Simon Jordan could, he quoted Al Pacino as he gave his response: “I think the actual question should be is; if I was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, would I entertain him?

“I think Paul Pogba is divisive.

“I don’t doubt and never have doubted that there is a player with innate talent there, but there is also a player that is also more about himself, I believe, than he is about the wellbeing of the football club.

“And the fact is at the moment Manchester United seem to have an amputated spirit, and there is no prosthetic for an amputated spirit and players like Pogba…

“You see Gary Neville talking about Mino Raiola the other day about how the agent is creating a division and shouldn’t be involved in football…

Pogba is currently on the sidelines with an ankle injury. He has made four Premier League appearances this season, claiming two assists
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“I personally would have sold Pogba last year, moved him along and made changes that are very definite.

“The reason why I fear for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is I don’t think he’s a definite manager. I think he’s learning his trade on other people’s time and on their dime and I think Manchester United need better than that.

“And players like Paul Pogba removed out of the club sends out very strong message about what Manchester United are really about.”

Solskjaer has been warned his job could be under threat if United’s performances don’t improve after their poor start to the new Premier League campaign – two wins, two draws and two defeats from their opening six games.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under the spotlight in the Old Trafford dugout
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The stats look even worst for the boss if you take a wider view. Manchester United have won just four league games out of 14 since he was given the job permanently in March, while they have scored just 15 goals.

And asked if he thinks Solskjaer will last the season in charge, Jordan added:

“I think he probably will, but I don’t think he’ll go much past the end of the season.”

Donyell Malen: The ‘natural goalscorer’ wanted by Liverpool who Arsenal let go two years ago

21 Sep

Liverpool are reportedly keeping tabs on former Arsenal wonderkid Donyell Malen after he scored FIVE goals in one game for PSV Eindhoven.

Netherlands international Malen has been linked with the Reds as Jurgen Klopp seeks a quality forward to provide cover for first-choice striker Roberto Firmino.

The 20-year-old hit the headlines last weekend by scoring every goal in his side’s 5-0 defeat of Vitesse, and he added another strike in the midweek Europa League fixtures to take his tally for the season into double figures already.

Malen put in a truly stunning performance against Vitesse
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If he scores one more goal this weekend he’ll match his entire 2018/19 tally before the end of September, and it’s no surprise top European clubs are keeping tabs on one of the most promising forwards around.

Malen’s rise to fame comes two years after he was sold to PSV by Arsenal, with whom the youngster spent two years.

He joined the Gunners from Ajax’s academy in 2015 and was a star in the north Londoners’ youth teams, scoring 27 goals in 67 games.

But two years later, Arsenal decided to move Malen on and he returned to his homeland where he has made a real name for himself.

But what do the experts think of Malen amid the rumours he is wanted by Liverpool?

European football oracle Andy Brassell joined talkSPORT’s Trans Europe Express to share his opinion on Malen following his heroics in front of goal for PSV.

“He looks an absolute natural in front of goal,” said Brassell. “He’s a very quick and explosive forward.

“There will be a lot of Arsenal fans wringing their hands about this, because I was looking up what Arsenal fans were saying when he left the club in 2017 to go to PSV, and I found an article that said: ‘Worse than losing Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal fans react to Malen joining PSV’.

“As we said, [last] weekend was where he really made his big imprint; five goals in a game against Vitesse.

“What really strikes you if you see those goals is the variety of finishes. You’re talking right foot, left foot… someone under 6ft who is very, very good in the air.

“He’s someone who looks like a natural goalscorer.

“Arsenal, at the time he was there playing in the UEFA Youth League and the like, were happy to show so many of his goals because he looked the business at youth level.

“Of course, you can never really tell if that is going to translate to senior football, but his first steps with PSV are very, very promising.”

Malen made his Netherlands debut earlier this month and capped his performance by scoring against Germany
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Asked why Arsenal decided to sell a player who was shining so brightly in their academy, Brassell added: “It was Arsenal’s decision to let him go.

“Maybe they thought he wouldn’t make it, which seems quite surprising.

“Maybe there was a sense he was pushing to go back home because he couldn’t see a pathway to the first-team.”

Donyell Malen: The ‘natural goalscorer’ wanted by Liverpool who Arsenal let go two years ago

21 Sep

Liverpool are reportedly keeping tabs on former Arsenal wonderkid Donyell Malen after he scored FIVE goals in one game for PSV Eindhoven.

Netherlands international Malen has been linked with the Reds as Jurgen Klopp seeks a quality forward to provide cover for first-choice striker Roberto Firmino.

The 20-year-old hit the headlines last weekend by scoring every goal in his side’s 5-0 defeat of Vitesse, and he added another strike in the midweek Europa League fixtures to take his tally for the season into double figures already.

Malen put in a truly stunning performance against Vitesse
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If he scores one more goal this weekend he’ll match his entire 2018/19 tally before the end of September, and it’s no surprise top European clubs are keeping tabs on one of the most promising forwards around.

Malen’s rise to fame comes two years after he was sold to PSV by Arsenal, with whom the youngster spent two years.

He joined the Gunners from Ajax’s academy in 2015 and was a star in the north Londoners’ youth teams, scoring 27 goals in 67 games.

But two years later, Arsenal decided to move Malen on and he returned to his homeland where he has made a real name for himself.

But what do the experts think of Malen amid the rumours he is wanted by Liverpool?

European football oracle Andy Brassell joined talkSPORT’s Trans Europe Express to share his opinion on Malen following his heroics in front of goal for PSV.

“He looks an absolute natural in front of goal,” said Brassell. “He’s a very quick and explosive forward.

“There will be a lot of Arsenal fans wringing their hands about this, because I was looking up what Arsenal fans were saying when he left the club in 2017 to go to PSV, and I found an article that said: ‘Worse than losing Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal fans react to Malen joining PSV’.

“As we said, [last] weekend was where he really made his big imprint; five goals in a game against Vitesse.

“What really strikes you if you see those goals is the variety of finishes. You’re talking right foot, left foot… someone under 6ft who is very, very good in the air.

“He’s someone who looks like a natural goalscorer.

“Arsenal, at the time he was there playing in the UEFA Youth League and the like, were happy to show so many of his goals because he looked the business at youth level.

“Of course, you can never really tell if that is going to translate to senior football, but his first steps with PSV are very, very promising.”

Malen made his Netherlands debut earlier this month and capped his performance by scoring against Germany
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Asked why Arsenal decided to sell a player who was shining so brightly in their academy, Brassell added: “It was Arsenal’s decision to let him go.

“Maybe they thought he wouldn’t make it, which seems quite surprising.

“Maybe there was a sense he was pushing to go back home because he couldn’t see a pathway to the first-team.”

Manchester United could replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Thomas Tuchel and reportedly inform Paris Saint-Germain boss of their interest

21 Sep

Manchester United have reportedly let Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel know that they’re keeping tabs on him.

This comes just six months after giving current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a three-year contract.

It’s not clear whether Solskjaer will be a success as United boss
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But French outlet Le10 Sport claimed that United are lining up Tuchel as their alternative option if the Norwegian fails to steer the club back to the top.

And these reports have now been echoed in L’Equipe, with the French newspaper saying that the Red Devils have even informed the German of their interest.

The newspaper then confirms Le10 Sport’s exclusive, and adds that “three teams around Europe have let him know they continue to follow him closely, among which are Bayern Munich and Manchester United.”

United failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League despite Solskjaer’s brilliant run when he first took charge of the club as caretaker manager.

However, bad form at the end of 2018/19 eventually saw them finish sixth in the Premier League.

Their Europa League campaign got off to a stuttering start too with Mason Greenwood’s strike being all that separated United from minnows Astana on Thursday night.

Tuchel, whose contract is up in 2021, is also a manager under pressure but for very different reasons.

He won the Ligue 1 title in his first season in charge of PSG and has won the Trophee des Champions – the French equivalent of the Community Shield – in 2018 and 2019.

Tuchel’s PSG side blitzed Real Madrid in the Champions League earlier this week
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However, the main target at PSG is Champions League glory and failure to deliver this crown has led to previous managers being shown the door including Unai Emery.

PSG were knocked out of last season’s competition by Manchester United in the last-16.

The French giants have made a fantastic start to their European campaign this season though, claiming a dominant 3-0 triumph over 13-times winners Real Madrid.


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