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Friday 30 September 2016

Pep in the firing line

Super agent Mino Raiola has thrown fuel on Sunday's Manchester derby by questioning Pep Guardiola's courage.

The man who banked £25m this summer clearly agrees with his client who tagged Guardiola as a 'spineless coward' who 's*** himself' in his biography after Inter beat Barcelona in the 2010 Champions League semi-final.

"Guardiola? He doesn't have the balls to sit down and talk to me and I don't like that," said Raiola.

"It's not that I hate him but I don't like him. He's a good coach, but his football bores me."

Mourinho's short time at Old Trafford has been characterised by his sure-footed pursuit of Paul Pogba and Ibra and it looks like he is not resting on his laurels.

The latest speculation suggests that United's buying power and Mourinho's reputation as one of the best coaches in world football have once again made Old Trafford a magnet for the very best players.

Reports in Spain suggest that talks are well advanced between Old Trafford and Gareth Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett. United are also thought to be in pursuit of Atletico Madrid's French striker Antoine Griezmann against competition from Mourinho's old club Chelsea.

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