By Richard Parks
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is expected to sign a new contract worth a staggering £163,000-a-week, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim the Spurs boss is in line for a huge pay rise for transforming the fortunes of the north Londoners, who are establishing themselves as a Champions League club.
It is said that Pochettino has attracted interest from Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea but Tottenham chiefs are confident he will soon pen an improved as long as the Spanish giants “do not make a big money”.
The Telegraph report that the Argentine’s salary is set to rise from £5.5million-a-year to £8.5million-a-year, which would make him the fourth-highest paid boss in the Premier League, behind Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.
Pochettino signed his current deal in May 2016 and the north Londoners have continued to progress, even though they have yet to win a trophy under his command.
Football Insider verdict:
It would be hard to find a Spurs fan who would quibble with Pochettino being handed a mega pay rise that would make him the best-paid man in the club’s history. Chairman Daniel Levy is renowned for presiding over a strict wage structure, with only Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris in the £100,000-a-week-plus bracket, but there is clearly an exception being made by him and owner Joe Lewis for the Argentine alchemist, who has transformed Tottenham from pretty average into something special. They are consistent, too, and Sunday’s win over Chelsea surely secures a third consecutive season of Champions League football. Were they to also win the FA Cup this season, and Pochettino could probably write his own cheque.
In other Tottenham news, the club are working on a deal to sign a 29-year-old left footer who would be a sensational signing.