Monaco move gives Manchester United £35m Carvalho boost, unless history repeats

Sporting Lisbon

Manchester United may be buoyed by the latest managerial development in Monaco, unless events of last season repeat themselves.

AS Monaco dispensed with the services of Claudio Ranieri earlier this month, despite him leading them to Champions League qualification in their first season back in Ligue 1.

The side from the principality have been linked with a number of manager since, but it is now reported that Sporting Lisbon boss Leonardo Jardim is set to take over.

Portuguese newspaper O Jogo report that Jardim has reached an agreement with Monaco, on a two-year deal.

Jardim led Sporting from seventh a year ago to finish second in the Primeira Liga, equal to Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, and sealing Champions League qualification in the process.

The manager's likely exit will perk the attention of Manchester United regarding William Carvalho, the promising central midfielder they are targeting.

Some media reports claimed a month ago that a deal was already tied up, but claims in recent days that Liverpool are making strides with their own interest, indicates that is not the case.

Jardim moving on should be a boost for Manchester United in terms of attracting Carvalho, with the manager who got the best out of him this season no longer there.

Yet the destination of Monaco could spell trouble.

The big spending club made a major splash last summer, as well as capturing Falcao, signing two players based in Portugal in James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho.

Jardim looking towards his former club to snap up a player he knows is likely available for transfer is a predictable move, and a worry for United if the deal is indeed far from done.

 

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