By Editor Wayne Veysey | Former Evening Standard, Press Association and Goal chief correspondent with 18 years experience of breaking big stories, including exclusives like this

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Tottenham are keen to secure Mauricio Pochettino on a deal by this summer amid claims he has a £10million release clause in his current contract.

Football Insider revealed last week that Spurs want to make Pochettino the best-paid manager in the club’s history by doubling his £3.5million-a-year salary to £7million-a-year.

Talks have begun on a new five-year deal that will be worth £35million.

Spurs are aware that the Argentinian is one of the hottest properties in the market after transforming the fortunes of the north Londoners.

Supporters will be nervous after a report in The Sun claimed on Wednesday that Pochettino’s current agreement, signed when he arrived at White Hart Lane in the summer of 2014, includes a £10million release clause.

Pochettino played down talk about a contract extension in the wake of Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa 10 days ago but, behind the scenes, club chiefs have made the first moves to tie the manager down to an extended deal.

Real Madrid are among the clubs keeping close tabs on Pochettino, whose current contract runs until 2019.

Curiously, the accolade of Spurs’ best-ever paid manager belongs to Juande Ramos, who earned £6million-a-year during his short spell as club boss.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy negotiated a first-option clause in Gareth Bale deal

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Chairman Daniel Levy is keen to reward Pochettino for guiding the club to second place on what has been a shoestring budget since his arrival two years ago.

Tottenham have genuine hopes of winning their first league title in more than 50 years and are almost certain to clinch a top-four spot that guarantees qualification for next season’s Champions League.

In other Tottenham news, Nabil Bentaleb is unlikely to play again this season after undergoing knee surgery.