Manchester United ready to splash $51m to sign key man

Is Mauricio Pochettino thinking about the Manchester United job or is he happy at Spurs?

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Report making the round claims Manchester United have decided Mauricio Pochettino is the man they want to replace Jose Mourinho and are willing to pay £40 million ($51m) to land him, The Sun claims.

The Tottenham manager has become the only option to replace the Portuguese, whose position at Old Trafford remains under pressure.

United could let Mourinho go at the end of the season and will try to lure Pochettino away from the London club.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who sold Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov to United on his watch, faces a huge battle to keep his manager.

Poch is determined to lead Spurs into their new stadium in the new year and signed a five-year, £8m-a-season deal only last summer.

The Argentine has done a good job at Tottenham, as they currently sit third in the Premier League table. Meanwhile, Manchester United are languishing in eighth.

If United’s poor form continues and they don’t qualify for the Champions League, it will actually be cheaper for the club to sack Mourinho due to a clause in his contract.

He’s also turned down the job once before when United instead hired Louis van Gaal, so he may take some persuading.



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