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3rd Mar, 2017 | 1:40pm

Tottenham identify 52-year-old as replacement for Pochettino - reports

By Matt Farr

Tottenham have identified Roberto Mancini as a potential replacement for current manager Mauricio Pochettino, according to a report.

Pochettino has been tipped to replace Luis Enrique at Barcelona at the end of the season, after it was revealed that Enrique will be leaving his post.

Italian news outlet Gazetta Mercato claim that Tottenham are ready to make former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini their number one target if they were to lose Pochettino.

Mancini, 52, is currently out of work following a second spell in charge of Inter Milan last season, and has previous management experience in the Premier League with Manchester City.

The Italian chief won the 2010-11 Premier League title during his four-year spell at the Etihad, having won the FA Cup title the previous season.

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However, despite Tottenham’s reported interest in Mancini, the north London club have little interest in preparing for life without their current manager.

After it was claimed in the media on Thursday that Pochettino was set to meet Barcelona for talks within the next 48 hours, a more recent report has claimed that Tottenham are going to fight tooth-and-nail to retain his services.

Pochettino has worked wonders at the club since his arrival at White Hart Lane in 2014, establishing Tottenham as genuine title contenders.

With the club currently second in the Premier League nearing the latter stages of the competition, he looks set to lead them to a second consecutive top-four finish.

Chairman Daniel Levy is therefore, looking to slap a mammoth price-tag on the head of Pochettino in a bid to scare off Barcelona.

The reports in Italy also suggest that Mancini is on the radar of rivals Arsenal, who are preparing for life without Arsene Wenger.

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