Report: With £22m deal in place, Levy will make this Tottenham move
By Alex Stevens
Tottenham chief Daniel Levy will move to slap a mammoth price tag on Mauricio Pochettino to keep him out of Barcelona’s clutches, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the long-standing White hart Lane chairman plans to scare the Spanish giants off by pricing Pochettino out of their range.
It is said that the Argentine has four years remaining on the £5.5million-a-year contract he signed last May – worth £22million in total – and this has put the London club in a strong position to fight off interest in their manager.
Pochettino has emerged as a contender to replace the departing Luis Enrique at the Nou Camp in the summer.
Italian news outlet Tuttomercato even claimed that Spurs manager Pochettino was in line to meet with officials from the Spanish giants before Friday night.
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It is said that the Tottenham boss is seen as a “hot and concrete idea” for the Spanish club as they identify replacements for Enrique.
The Mirror report that Pochettino’s spell at Barcelona’s city rivals Espanyol would not put him off taking on one of the most glamorous posts in world football.
Nevertheless, the Argentine, who celebrated his 45th birthday on Thursday, has publicly reiterated he is settled and happy at Tottenham and understands the financial restraints at the club.
He has transformed Tottenham into a top-four club since his arrival from Southampton in 2014, but has yet to secure the silverware to match his impressive overhaul.
Spurs finished third last season after strongly challenging for the title and are second in the league ahead of their clash against Everton on Sunday.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.