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Liverpool are not currently focused on hiring Brighton’s head coach Roberto De Zerbi as their next manager, following the news that Xabi Alonso will stay at Bayer Leverkusen. Reports had linked Liverpool with interest in De Zerbi, as well as Sporting’s Ruben Amorim, but the situation has since changed. Bayern Munich and Liverpool are now in the market for new coaches, with Amorim emerging as a top contender to replace Jurgen Klopp. However, Barcelona is also reportedly interested in Amorim after Xavi’s departure at the end of the season.

Sir Dave Brailsford, Ineos’ director of sport, has held one-on-one meetings with Manchester United players to discuss the club’s future plans. As part of Ineos’ takeover of football operations at United, players have been briefed on various topics, with a focus on restoring a culture of winning and excellence at Old Trafford. Brailsford’s discussions with players have left them feeling optimistic about the club’s future, despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding the managerial position. Ineos is also looking to fill key roles such as chief executive and sporting director to support the club’s development.

While Manchester United continue to search for new personnel in key roles, they are also exploring transfer options for the upcoming summer window. The club is reportedly considering alternatives to Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite, with interest in young defenders such as Aaron Anselmino from Boca Juniors and Mikayil Faye from Barcelona B. United are also expected to address needs in other positions such as centre-forward, central midfielder, and right-back during the transfer window, with a budget limited by Financial Fair Play restrictions but hopes to raise funds through player sales.

The hunt for Liverpool’s next manager remains fluid, with De Zerbi no longer a leading candidate following Alonso’s decision to stay at Bayer Leverkusen. Instead, attention has turned to Sporting’s Amorim, who has attracted interest from both Liverpool and Barcelona. Amorim’s high release clause has been a factor in delaying any potential move, but he has now become a top target for several European clubs in search of a new manager. The competition between Liverpool and Barcelona for Amorim’s services could add complexity to the managerial landscape in the coming months.

Barcelona’s interest in Amorim has intensified following Xavi’s departure, creating a competition with Liverpool for the Sporting boss. Both clubs are looking to secure a new manager, with Liverpool previously targeting Alonso before his decision to remain at Leverkusen. As the managerial search continues, Amorim has emerged as a sought-after candidate due to his achievements at Sporting. The high release clause is a potential hurdle for clubs looking to secure Amorim, but his reputation has made him a top choice for European teams in need of a new coach.

As Manchester United navigates changes in key roles and prepares for the summer transfer window, the club is exploring options beyond Jarrad Branthwaite for defensive reinforcements. Young talents such as Anselmino and Faye have caught the attention of United scouts, who are planning for a busy transfer window. In addition to defensive reinforcements, United is also looking to strengthen other areas of the squad, including centre-forward, central midfielder, and right-back positions. Financial restrictions may impact United’s transfer activities, but the club is aiming to raise funds through player sales to finance potential incoming transfers.

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