Zinedine Zidane replacing Pochettino at PSG would be bad news for Man Utd and Liverpool

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Zinedine Zidane will reportedly take over from Mauricio Pochettino as Paris Saint-Germain boss later this year. Poch is thought to be on uneasy terms with sporting director Leonardo after he was linked with the Manchester United job in the autumn.

Zidane has been out of work since departing Real Madrid at the end of last season. But he could have a new job by the time next season begins.

And if the World Cup winner does take over at the Parc des Princes, it could be bad news for three Premier League clubs, who could face a battle to keep some of their star players.

Express Sport takes a look at the clubs that could be adversely affected by Zidane’s arrival in the French capital.

Manchester United

It’s no secret that Zidane is a big admirer of his compatriot Paul Pogba.

The 49-year-old has previously admitted that he tried to sign the enigmatic ace in the summer of 2016 while Real Madrid boss.

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Pogba looks likely to depart the Red Devils this summer and, if Zidane takes charge of PSG, Pogba could find himself heading back to his homeland.

Zidane could also attempt to persuade Cristiano Ronaldo to move across the channel for one final hurrah.

Ronaldo won three Champions League trophies at Real under Zidane and the duo enjoyed a stellar time together at the Bernabeu Stadium.

The Portugal international has been tipped to depart the Red Devils this summer after a tumultuous season in Manchester since his return to the club.

Ronaldo reportedly held crisis talks with agent Jorge Mendes and few clubs could make a more enticing offer than PSG if he was to explore his options in the summer.

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Liverpool

Liverpool could also be faced with a problem if Zidane goes to PSG.

During his time as Madrid manager, the former playmaker apparently attempted to sign Sadio Mane on two occasions.

But the Senegal international instead opted to stay at Liverpool and carve his name into Reds folklore as one of the best forwards in the club’s history.

Mane’s form has dipped in recent months and he failed to find the back of the net in his final nine games of 2021.

So the 29-year-old could welcome a fresh challenge and might feel now is the right time to finally link up with Zidane.

Chelsea

Another Premier League player Real were linked with under Zidane is Chelsea forward Timo Werner.

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Los Blancos were said to be tracking the then-RB Leipzig star for a lengthy period but ultimately failed to prise him away from Germany.

The 25-year-old has since moved to Chelsea, although his career in west London has never really taken off.

Last season he suffered a crisis of confidence in front of goal and this season he has had to regularly settle for a place on the bench.

So if Zidane is keen to take him to France if he takes over at PSG, a move could work for all parties.

But Chelsea would need to find a suitable replacement to ensure they don’t leave themselves short of options.

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