By Matt Farr
Inter Milan are willing to double Mauricio Pochettino’s salary to make him their next manager, according to a report.
Sky Sports Italy reporter Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that the Italian giants are showing a strong interest in Pochettino, following the dismissal of Stefano Pioli earlier this week.
Pioli was sacked by the club after just six months in charge of the club, and Pochettino is said to have emerged as a potential successor.
The report claims that Inter Milan are willing to offer the 45-year-old a deal worth roughly £8.5million to become their new manager, which would see the Tottenham chief almost double his current wage.
Di Marzio reports that Spurs could turn to Bournemouth boss Pochettino should they lose Pochettino.
However, it is understood that Pochettino is not the number one choice for the club, with the Serie A outfit currently awaiting a definitive answer from their two preferred candidates, Antonio Conte and Diego Simeone.
But Pochettino is still strongly liked by the club, with senior duo Piero Ausilio and Walter Sabatini believed to be keen admirers of the Tottenham chief’s credentials.
The Argentine has worked wonders at Tottenham following his arrival at the club in 2014, although he has yet to mark his impressive transformation in north London with silverware, and the fans have been delighted with his impact.
AS Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim and AS Roma’s Luciano Spalletti are also understood to be under consideration for the vacant Inter post.
Football Insider verdict
Realistically, Pochettino is not likely to swap Tottenham for Inter Milan. The Italian club will have a huge financial package up their sleeve both on offer for Pochettino himself, and in the transfer market, but Pochettino has embarked upon an exciting prospect with Tottenham, and must see it through. Spurs have been impressive this season in all areas of the pitch, and much of that is down to the work Pochettino has put in behind the scenes. Barcelona are also understood to have come calling for his services, but the Tottenham chief is almost certain to be at Tottenham for years to come.
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