Attempts to lure Mauricio Pochettino back to Tottenham this summer are destined to end in failure, Football Insider understands.
The prospect of the immensely popular Argentine making a sensational return to Spurs has prompted huge excitement among the club’s supporters.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that the club have made contact with Pochettino about heading back to the club where he spent five-and-a-half years as manager.
He has been content to be linked with the vacant post but he does not expect it to happen.
Neither do his employers Paris Saint-Germain, who are already preparing for next season and have held meetings with Pochettino about strengthening a team that failed to deliver either the Champions League or Ligue 1 title.
That led to speculation Pochettino could be sacked less than six months after his arrival but PSG do not want to let him go.
Spurs’ pursuit has been led by Steve Hitchen, the director of technical performance charged with identifying manager candidates for the board.
The Londoners are aware that fans are distinctly underwhelmed by the leading contenders for the post such as Roberto Martinez, Erik ten Hag and Graham Potter.
The move for Pochettino, 49, comes 18 months after he was sacked to make way for Jose Mourinho.
The Argentine took over at PSG in late December and has had a testing six months at the helm.
He has been unable to shed his reputation as one of football’s most gifted nearly men despite winning two pieces of silverware, the the French Cup and Super Cup.
Most significantly, PSG lost at the semi-final stage of the Champions League and were beaten to the Ligue 1 title by Lille by a single point.