Tottenham will offer to triple Brendan Rodgers’ wages to try and lure him from Leicester City at the end of the season, Football Insider understands.
The Foxes manager publicly distanced himself from the Spurs job and it has been widely reported that their pursuit of him is over as a result.
But the Londoners have not given up all hope of landing the manager who is their number one choice after Julian Nagelsmann agreed to join Bayern Munich.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider the club are willing to triple Rodgers’ salary to £15million-a-year including bonuses as they look to “offer him the earth” to replace Jose Mourinho.
The Portugese’s salary was worth a basic £12.5m-a-year plus top-up-bonuses that potentially increased the package to £15m.
That is triple Rodgers’ already hugely lucrative Leicester deal, signed in December 2019 and which runs until 2025.
Spurs will also need to pay compensation to the Foxes for the northern Irishman, which would send the total cost of the deal through the roof.
But chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to spend big for a manager he has rated highly for a decade.
Rodgers was Levy’s “preferred choice” to replace Harry Redknapp back in June 2012 when he was in charge of Swansea City but he ended up joining Liverpool instead.
Spurs chiefs recognise the difficulty of prising Rodgers from Leicester, who are third in the Premier League table and almost certain to play in next season’s Champions League.
But they have not given up all hope of agreeing terms with a manager at the height of his powers and with an excellent Premier League track record.