By Richard Parks
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is eager to commit to the club for another season as he prepares to hold talks with chairman Daniel Levy, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Argentine will remain at White Hart Lane for a fifth consecutive campaign but he wants reassurances from Levy about the transfer budget before formally committing.
This comes after the Daily Mail reported earlier this week that Levy preparing to offer a contract that will nearly double Pochettino’s current deal to £9million-a-year, equivalent to £173,000-a-week.
Football Insider verdict:
Pochettino has three years left on his current £5.5million-a-year deal but he is in a strong position to negotiate a massive pay rise. The Argentine is an smart operator and knows his own value. Unusually in the world of elite football, he also operates without an agent and personally negotiates on behalf of himself and his backroom staff. Anyone who can secure a double-your-money deal with Levy has to be pretty smart, although it doesn’t half help when your negotiating position is a strong one. Pochettino has just steered Tottenham to a third consecutive top-three finish and another campaign in the Champions League while operating on a shoestring budget in comparison to his rival Premier League managers. Spurs secured a £41million profit in their most recent financial results, and have made a net profit in the transfer market since Pochettino took over in the summer of 2014. It appears the Argentine is unwilling to extending the length of his tenure without being seriously backed by the money men, both in terms of holding on to the stars already at the club, and buying new ones. Who can blame him? He will look enviously at rival clubs and managers who are spending big to compete in the brutal arena of top Premier League and Champions League football. Pochettino has a glowing reputation, but the absence of trophies from his managerial CV is a stark omission, and he will be desperate to change that.