QUE, SALAH, SALAH?
Something appears to have been lost in translation. A number of smaller websites have published stories claiming that Mauricio Pochettino ‘wants to work with’ Mohamed Salah, and has demanded that Real Madrid sign the Egyptian if he is to be appointed manager.
The first sign that something is not quite right is that no British newspaper has picked up on it just yet, despite the rumour originating in Don Balon. It isn’t in The Metro, it isn’t in the Daily Express, it isn’t in the Daily Mirror.
You see, Don Balon have published a story stating that Pochettino has made demands of Real if he is to become manager, and one of those demands does include Salah. They say the Tottenham manager ‘has thought [of] several signings’ ahead of a potential move to Spain, but ‘among them is not Salah’. The winger is ‘not liked by Pochettino’. Bit harsh.
So just remember that if you do see any other websites horribly misquote this story. The great, reliable source that is Don Balon deserves much better.
But Pochettino might not get to manage Real Madrid. According to the Manchester Evening News, he might have a difficult choice to make with regards to his next destination.
They are reporting that the Tottenham boss has been identified as the ‘ideal’ candidate to replace Jose Mourinho when that eventuality becomes a reality. The club have ‘long admired’ Pochettino, who has done wonders at White Hart Lane and now Wembley.
It should be said that this is a ‘long-term’ plan. United have ‘no desire to hasten Mourinho’s departure’, but when the time comes for him to go, Pochettino will be at the front of the queue to succeed him.
With Petr Cech still being not too great at the goalkeepering, the London Evening Standard offer Arsenal supporters a shred of hope. James Olley says that the defence is ‘a priority’ in terms of strengthening, but they are also interesting in adding to their attack.
To that end, Bordeaux winger Malcom is likely to remain a target. Olley mentions Jonny Evans and Kostas Manolas as defensive targets, but nothing is concrete.
But the important thing is the goalkeeper. Olley adds that the Gunners will ‘scout various goalkeepers’ in the coming months, with Atletico Madrid shot-stopper Jan Oblak ‘a potential candidate’. He is a little bit better than Cech, mate.
AND THE REST
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