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Last Updated: 08/04/14 at 08:57 Post Comment

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You might wonder why Toni Kroos would want to join Manchester United (not in the Champions League) when Real Madrid (very much in the Champions League) are also said to be interested. There are two answers to that question:

1) £200,000 a week.
2) Being the main man.

According to the Daily Mirror, 'Kroos has told Bayern and Germany team-mates that he is determined to make the switch to Old Trafford', presumably just after he read what United are paying Wayne Rooney. The Reds are willing to pay £40m for the creative midfielder - even though he is out of contract next summer.

Remember when United fans were sniffy about big stars joining Manchester City just for the money...

Inevitable, this. The Portuguese winger was given a new five-year contract in September but has started only five Premier League games under David Moyes, so he is eyeing the exit door. Fiorentina are the club being mentioned - but there could be a slight wages problem there.

His advisor Andrea Pastorello said: "Nani is a very important player and at this time the only thing I can say is that he is likely to leave Manchester. The problem for Fiorentina and other Italian clubs is the player's salary. But we will evaluate all bids."

There's definitely a consensus of opinion that Tim Sherwood will be leaving in the summer, but the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph offer two different names for his successor. We'll start with the Mail and they say that Louis van Gaal is on his way after he accepted that the Manchester United manager's job will not be available this summer. Now that would be a coup.

Meanwhile, 'The Telegraph can reveal that Southampton's Mauricio Pochettino is emerging as an increasingly serious candidate. Sources close to Levy have even claimed that Pochettino, who is leading Southampton towards an unlikely top eight finish, is now the club's number one target.'

The added bonus of Pochettino is that Adam Lallana might be persuaded to follow. By the way, how bizarre is it that Tottenham are likely to finish two places above Southampton?

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