MAURICIO POCHETTINO has Tottenham sweating over his delay in signing a bumper new contract.
Spurs are becoming increasingly concerned that the Argentinian will become Manchester United’s first choice to replace Louis van Gaal after French giants Paris St Germain joined the hunt for Jose Mourinho.
United have discussed terms with Mourinho’s representatives but are still to come up with a written offer despite the former Chelsea boss having now been linked with Old Trafford for several months.
Title-chasing Tottenham have also been waiting a while now for Pochettino to put pen to paper on a five-year contract extension worth £5million a year plus bonuses.
The Spurs manager, who still has more than three years to run on the deal he signed in 2014, said recently he wants to stay at White Hart Lane but the longer he delays signing, the more anxious Tottenham will become.
The Sun reports: “Club chiefs believe Pochettino, 44, is likely to sign his contract but the wait is making them edgy.
“They want to get their highly-rated manager’s future tied down as soon as possible, with Barcelona another potential suitor.
“Poch is also being tipped to coach Real Madrid in the future after transforming Tottenham from Europa League regulars to Premier League contenders in under two seasons.”
Little wonder United have taken a strong interest in Pochettino.
The way in which he’s been able to bring on and develop Spurs youngsters in his time there, together with the attractive and highly successful style of football he has the north London outfit playing make him ideal for United.
Could it be that Pochettino is holding off and waiting to see whether the Red Devils will be playing Champions League football next season?