Reports have claimed Chelsea are looking to beat off Manchester United for the signing of Tottenham boss Maricio Pochettino.
It is highly-regarded in that Uunited are looking to take Pochettino to Old Trafford in the summer, despite the fact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a terrific start to life as boss at Old Trafford and brought the positive vibe back to the club.
Reports have claimed United are massive fans of Pochettino and see him as the future of the club, after the Argentine turned Spurs into one of the best sides in the Premier League, and all indications suggested they had no real contenders for Poch.
However, reports on the Sky Sports website has now claimed we are making a plan B in case Maurizio Sarri does not live upto expectations this season and have taken a keen interest in trying to prise Pochettino away from Spurs.
Sarri made an instant impact at Stamford Bridge but results and performances have dipped since he suffered the first defeat of his reign against Pochettino’s Spurs side back in November, and they believe they can prise Pochettino away from Spurs with a £50 million offer.
But the former Southampton manager’s preference remains United, should he opt to call time on his five-year tenure at Spurs.
Meanwhile, AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso is eager to keep Chelsea loanee Tiemoue Bakayoko on a permanent basis.
The 24-year old midfielder struggled to make any impact last season at Stamford Bridge and was heavily criticised for some of his performances in a Blues shirt, with many believing that he simply does not have the quality to make it in the Premier league.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri swiftly decided to let him leave on-loan for the remainder of the season soon after his arrival at Stamford Bridge, and despite a poor start to life in Seria A, Bakayoko has actually impressed during his stay at the San Siro.
And now Gattuso has announced that he is eager to make the loan deal for Bakayoko a permanent one, stating on the Daily Star website: “At this moment we cannot do without him, he must remain at Milan.
“He is proving technical skills.
“You know that I am not in charge of the finances, but he is certainly giving us fundamental improvements.
“He can become an important player for this club for many years.”
Bakayoko recently stated his dcesire to stay at Milan.
‘I heard what Leonardo said, but I’m not in a position to talk about it. It’s an issue that concerns Milan and Chelsea,’ Bakayoko told Corriere dello Sport.
‘Staying at Milan is my dream and the fixed thought in my mind, but I have a contract with Chelsea.
‘Right now I just want to finish the season in the top four. After that we’ll think about it.’