Noel Whelan has warned Tottenham Hotspur against ‘wasting’ even more money by paying PSG to bring Mauricio Pochettino back to the club.
Over the last week, Pochettino has emerged as Tottenham’s number one target but the Argentine’s future still hangs in the air, with PSG allegedly determined to hold on to him for at least another season.
The Sun reported last week that Daniel Levy is prepared to pay substantial compensation to the Parisians to get Pochettino back to Spurs.
However, that amount has likely gone up significantly after PSG activated a clause to extend the 49-year-old’s contract by another year.
Tottenham’s squad looks in need of significant investment this summer on the back of a disappointing seventh-place finish.
Whelan believes that spending big to bring Pochettino back could hamper the transfer budget that the North London club would have to work with during the window.
When asked about the speculation linking Pochettino with a potential return to Spurs, the former Leeds United striker told Football Insider: “You’ve still got to pay to get Pochettino from PSG.
“You’re paying Mourinho his package for letting him go early. I mean, how much money do they really want to waste? Especially when they’ve got a fine for the breakaway to pay as well.
“It’s rattling up. This is taking away from their transfer budget. Now you’ve got to pay for him again.
“It just becomes a laughing stock at Tottenham, the amount of money they’ve wasted.
“He’s going to be coming into a Tottenham that’s not in the healthiest of positions.”
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The fact that Levy is going for the likes of Pochettino and Conte instead of cheaper options like Ten Hag or Potter suggests that the Spurs chairman is prepared to back the new manager in the transfer market. I cannot see either Pochettino or Conte agreeing to take the job unless they are promised significant transfer funds.
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