According to The Sun, Manchester United are willing to make a move for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Tottenham boss has been dominating the headlines with speculations that he might be on his way to Santiago Bernabéu. These recent rumors have cast another doubt on his next move.
Manchester United will again try to hire Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager if they sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – but will have to pay Tottenham £32 million up front.
The Argentine was one of many managers linked with the Old Trafford post in December when the Red Devils parted ways with Jose Mourinho. However, he stayed put and led Spurs to last season’s Champions League final.
However, Pochettino has since become frustrated at the start of the new campaign amid a worrying slump in form and the uncertain futures of a number of the club’s star names.
That has led to more questions about his future and, according to The Sun, United are now plotting a move that would see him replace the under-fire Solskjaer.
The Norwegian’s position at Old Trafford looks increasingly fragile after a poor start to the season that has already left United 10 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.
Poor performances against Rochdale, West Ham and Astana in their last three games have also left fans frustrated while the club’s failure to sign a replacement for Romelu Lukaku in the summer has left them short of options in attack.
However, it is claimed that Pochettino’s five-year deal that was signed at the start of last season does not include any exit clauses.
This means any club wishing to secure his services must pay the rest of his £8.5m-a-year contract, which still has three years and nine months left to run.
Pochettino has recently admitted he is ‘suffering’ as Tottenham’s form fades and ranks losing the Champions League final to Liverpool on June 1 was one of the two biggest disappointments of his football career.
Spurs have won only twice in eight games since last season ended in defeat in Madrid and this week they were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Colchester United of League Two.
‘Of course I am suffering,’ said Pochettino. ‘Football for me is all about the glory. There is nothing more important. There is nothing like the feeling when you win.
‘This is my sixth season here and I am in an unbelievable environment. The training ground is amazing and we have the best stadium in the world. But football is about glory. It is about winning.’