Manchester United are reportedly ready to pay £40million in an attempt to persuade Tottenham Hotspur to part with manager Mauricio Pochettino.
According to The Sun, United have pinpointed Pochettino as the man that they would like to take over from Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford next summer.
United will be able to part company with Mourinho for less than expected if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League due to a clause in his contract.
Pochettino has been in charge of Tottenham since 2014 and was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid over the course of the summer and again recently following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui.
The former Southampton boss has led Spurs to three successive top-three finishes and signed a new five-year contract extension with the club in May.
Spurs are behind on their plans to move into their new stadium and Pochettino was unable to sign any new players in the summer transfer window, but did recently state that he ‘dreams’ of leading Tottenham to the Premier League title in their new stadium.
Asked where he sees himself in five years’ time, the Tottenham manager said to talkSPORT at the end of November: “Seriously, today I see myself here.
“My contract expires in four and a half years… if Levy does not fire me first,” he joked.
“I dream of winning a trophy with Tottenham, maybe the Premier League in our new stadium.
“In the future to also guide the Argentine team is my desire.
“The important thing is to be happy, and I am right now.”
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