Mauricio Pochettino heads into his crunch talks with chairman Daniel Levy this week knowing his only chance of an escape route from Tottenham to Real Madrid this summer depends upon Liverpool hammering Zinedine Zidane‘s side in the Champions League final.
Sportsmail revealed in January that Madrid had made contact with Pochettino with a view to a summer move but Zidane’s run to a third consecutive Champions League final in Kiev has convinced the Madrid hierarchy that he has earned the right to remain at the helm.
Only a thrashing by Liverpool may change the minds of the Madrid hierarchy.
Real Madrid had made contact with Mauricio Pochettino with a view to a summer move
The club now feel that current manager Zinedine Zidane deserves at least one more year
Pochettino will hold discussions with Levy, in which he will demand that the club invest over £100million in the playing squad in a serious attempt to overhaul the Manchester clubs and challenge for the Premier League title.
After the club’s final game of the season against Leicester on Sunday, Pochettino called on Tottenham to be ‘brave’ and ‘take risks’.
Yet Levy holds the aces if Pochettino starts to issue ultimatums. Pochettino has three years remaining on his contract at Tottenham and, crucially, his £5.5m per year deal does not include an escape clause that clubs can meet to release the Argentine from his deal.
As such, even if Real Madrid do go for Pochettino, Levy may demand a huge fee to prise the manager away from London. Earlier this season, Watford held Everton to ransom in their attempts to poach Marco Silva, by demanding £15m for the Portuguese coach and Levy would expect in excess of that figure if Madrid come calling.
Pochettino is set to hold crunch talks with chairman Daniel Levy (right) this week
The chairman will also be aware that Pochettino’s two other favoured destinations, Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester United, are not available this summer after Thomas Tuchel was appointed as PSG boss, while Jose Mourinho retains the backing of Old Trafford’s decision-makers.
Madrid, meanwhile, currently feel that Zidane deserves at least one more year.
Sources in Madrid believe Pochettino may be engaging in dramatic posturing to relax Tottenham’s wage structure and transfer budget.
Pochettino wants Tottenham to sign elite level players such as Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, while he will likely also need to find replacements for defenders Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose, while midfielder Mousa Dembele is also likely to depart.
Pochettino’s position depends on the level of investment the board are willing to inject