Sunday 8 December 2019

Louis van Gaal wants to wrap up United deal this week - report

The Guardian are reporting that current Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal could seal a move to Old Trafford this week so he can concentrate on his World Cup preparations.

They report that a deal has not been done but could be finalised before the weekend if the negotiations prove fruitful.

Ryan Giggs is expected to be kept on as the Dutchman's number two with former Ajax, Barcelona and Newcastle striker Patrick Kluivert being touted as a potential member of his management team.

Giggs, who is in charge until the close of the season as player-manager, admits his future at United is yet to be decided. "I think that's another conversation as well," he said. "I don't know what I'm doing about playing, I don't know what's going to happen, so again its something that I'll think about and decide with the appropriate people after the season."

The Netherlands will hold a training camp on May 7 and Van Gaal will hope to have concluded a deal before then.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti could be prepared to leave the Spanish capital to take over from David Moyes at Old Trafford according to reports.

Renowned journalist Duncan Castles writes that the Italian is keen on a return to the Premier League and it is understood that he could be prepared to leave Madrid in the summer.

Ancelotti's position at Madrid is uncertain and despite winning the Copa Del Rey, soures suggest that he will need to win the La Liga title or the Champions League to maintain his current position.

Asked about the possibility of taking the United job last week, Ancelotti said that he was “happy” in Madrid and “lucky to work in the best team in the world,” yet inserted an important caveat in stating that “my place – in this moment – is here.”

Louis van Gaal remains the firm favourite to land the managerial role at Manchester United.

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