Manchester United are reportedly working under the radar to try and secure Mauricio Pochettino's services next season with Paris Saint-Germain now resigned to losing their manager.
Ralf Rangnick was appointed United's interim head coach in November following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the club have been scouring the market for a more permanent replacement.
The Red Devils have been big admirers of Pochettino since his Tottenham Hotspur days, and are set to make a major play for the Argentine in the summer.
According to Le Parisien, the two have been in "discreet contact" for some time and the pieces are beginning to move behind the scenes to ensure the PSG boss ends up at Old Trafford.
The French club have even started planning their next move, with the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Massimiliano Allegri being lined up should Pochettino leave.
Despite cantering ahead in Ligue 1, PSG are yet to properly click under Pochettino and have looked well off the pace in key Champions League matches this season.
Backstage turmoil and player-power rumours have blighted the French giants for months, and the former Spurs boss has struggled to get the best out of his lavish, though admittedly rather imbalanced squad.
But despite his struggles across the Channel, United refuse to be deterred in their pursuit and the former Spurs man, who has moved well clear of Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers on the club's wish-list.
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Despite losing just once since Rangnick's arrival, trouble has been brewing on and off the pitch at Old Trafford in recent weeks.
Several first team players have asked to leave the club while reports of a divided dressing room have intensified.
No matter who ends up replacing Rangnick in the summer, it sounds as if they'll have plenty of housekeeping to do.
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