Mauricio Pochettino is set for a mammoth Tottenham pay-off if he agrees to a Daniel Levy clause not to join one of the club’s Champions League rivals, Football Insider understands.

The Argentine, 47, was sacked by Spurs last night after five-and-a-half years in charge and is set to be replaced by Jose Mourinho in the next 48 hours.

A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Pochettino is in line for an even bigger compensation package in exchange for not heading to their top-six rivals within a set time frame.

That would rule him out of joining Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea, most probably during the next year, as well as the far less likely possibilities of heading to Liverpool or Manchester City.

It has been reported that Pochettino is in line for a £12million pay-off, equivalent to the 18 months that have run on the five-year contract worth £8.5million-a-year that he signed in May 2018.

The actual sum is expected to be far in excess of that, and could jump even higher should the Levy clause be inserted into his compensation deal.

Pochettino will not be short of interest from elite clubs after transforming the fortunes of Tottenham during his spell in charge.

Bayern Munich are ready to make him one of their top targets after recently appointing Hansi Flick as interim manager but only until Christmas.

Levy and the Spurs board pulled the plug on Pochettino’s reign after a calamitous start to the campaign left them 14th in the Premier League table, eliminated from the League Cup by third-tier Colchester United and mauled 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Mourinho is to take over from Pochettino 11 months after he was sacked by Manchester United, in what was his third season in charge.

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