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Man United interest in Erik ten Hag replacement should be ‘taken seriously’, says journalist



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Manchester United are on the hunt for a new potential manager this summer as INEOS assess their options with Thiago Motta one name that’s surfacing for the Old Trafford job.

With Erik ten Hag failing to build on his first season as Manchester United manager, INEOS are looking for potential avenues for replacements should they decide to part ways with the Dutchman this summer.

Roberto De Zerbi and Graham Potter have routinely been mentioned alongside Gareth Southgate as strong candidates for the position, but Thiago Motta is a new name that has surfaced in recent weeks.

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Motta has done well in his second season at Bologna, guiding them towards the potential of qualifying for the Champions League next season. It is no surprise that he has reportedly caught the attention of INEOS.

There has been some speculation surrounding Motta’s future, with Juventus also reportedly keen on the player, although the latest information coming out of Italy hints that the Turin giants may be swinging a different way.

United’s interest should be noted

According to Francesco Livorti, who is seen as a a journalist who is good for Bologna information, Motta is yet to resolve reservations about his future.

Livorti explains that with qualification for next year’s Champions League and significant backing in the transfer market, Motta could well stay at the Serie A club – although nothing is decided.

However, Livorti also confirms that United’s interest should be taken seriously and noted as a real potential. He also adds that Juventus are also in the “background” as a potential suitor for Motta but that, as of now, they would prefer Antonio Conte to rejoin.

Bologna director rant

Bologna director Claudio Fenucci recently slammed reports linking Motta to Juventus and Man United, saying: “Thiago is working like he had a long-term contract with us. It’s not a problem that he hasn’t yet confirmed his journey with us for the coming years.

“What bothers me a little is the continuous rumours and the noise around our players. I am not OK with it. We are a strong club, one of the most solid in Serie A and we don’t want to change this group in the future.

“It’s very annoying to see many of our players linked with other clubs, it’s not a nice feeling. However, I am sure this has a limited effect on them as they are all focused on our target and happy to be at Bologna.

“Our club is solid financially, thanks to our owner. We have long-term plans for the club’s growth, sporting results, and organisation. We have a long-term vision and financial solidity to continue on this journey.

“We are in the race with clubs that aim for a Champions League placement every year; their revenues allow them to plan for the future with these sorts of targets.”