By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes

Mauricio Pochettino is emerging as one of the hottest managerial properties in Europe, according to a report.

The Manchester Evening News claim both Manchester clubs are keeping a close eye on the Tottenham manager even though Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho only began their respective reigns this summer.

It is said that the anticipation from some at Spurs is that Barcelona and Real Madrid will represent the biggest test of their resolve to keep hold of the Argentine.

Pochettino has collected admirers since overhauling Southampton and then transforming the fortunes of Tottenham.

The Telegraph claim the Spurs boss was Sir Alex Ferguson’s “first choice” to replace Louis van Gaal when he was sacked at the end of last season.

United subsequently hired Mourinho as their new manager on a four-year contract, while Pochettino signed a five-year deal with Spurs.

Pochettino guided the Londoners to a third place finish last season and they have have carried on where they left off in the new campaign by climbing to second in the league after beating Manchester City 2-0 last weekend.

By contrast, United are in sixth position and four points behind Spurs.

Speaking last season, the legendary former United boss Ferguson said of Tottenham: “Well, the manager [Pochettino] has been fantastic.

“They have a bad record of managers, there is no doubt about that. They have had so many over the years, but this lad has composure.

“You never see him ruffled and the way his team play is a testimony to the work he is doing.”

In other Tottenham news, Graeme Souness has claimed Pochettino has got lucky at both Spurs and former club Southampton.