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FA tell Manchester United Gareth Southgate’s price, but INEOS have a problem



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The FA have set a compensation price of £800,000 should Manchester United pry Gareth Southgate away from England this summer, but INEOS have a problem.

According to multiple reports, Gareth Southgate has been earmarked as Sir Jim Ratcliffe‘s top choice to take over at Manchester United this summer, should he decide to sack Erik ten Hag at the end of this season.

United have failed to reach many of their season’s objectives after crashing out of the Carabao Cup and Champions League while sitting sixth in the Premier League table. The FA Cup remains their only hope of a trophy this campaign.

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According to the Daily Star‘s information, United are becoming increasingly confident of bringing Southgate back into club football after learning that the FA has set an £800,000 compensation package for the manager.

However, INEOS, who are in charge of all football decisions at United, have a problem with this potential plan. According to journalist Ben Jacobs, Southgate arriving at Old Trafford is far from a “foregone conclusion”, with the England manager potentially being tempted to stay in his current role beyond this summer.

“Gareth Southgate has been in international management for a lot longer than at club level. Therefore, he would maybe need convincing to jump back into a club football job at this stage,” Jacobs told GiveMeSport.

“But it will all be contingent on how the European Championships go. Let’s not forget that, right now, Southgate has got another golden generation.

“There is a real opportunity to win Euro 2024 and build something after the tournament. I think that is tempting for Southgate to stay on if the mood and form are right, and England live up to their billing.”

Southgate himself has already addressed the rumours, explaining he feels that linking him to the Man United job is “disrespectful” to Ten Hag.

“I think there are two things from my point of view,” Southgate told the media on Friday evening.

“One is I’m the England manager. I’ve got one job to try and deliver a European Championship (and) before that, two important games this week (against Brazil and Belgium).

“The second thing is Manchester United have a manager. And I think it’s always completely disrespectful when there’s any speculation about a manager that’s in place. I’m president of the LMA (League Managers Association), so I don’t have any time for that sort of thing, really.”