Manchester United must negotiate with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy if they want to appoint former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, according to a report.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under increasing pressure at Old Trafford after a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Sunday confirmed the club’s worst start to a league campaign in 31 years.
There have been calls from some for United to get rid of Solskjaer and appoint Pochettino, who has been replaced by Jose Mourinho in North London.
According to The Telegraph, interested clubs will have to get clearance from Levy if they are to go ahead with an approach for the Argentine.
The newspaper says that, under the terms of Pochettino’s departure from Spurs, Tottenham are entitled to compensation if the 46-year-old joins another club, monies which will be owed by the side wanting to bring in Pochettino.
Alongside that, the report quashes previous reports claiming that Pochettino himself will have to pay back £12.5m in compensation.
It is now reported that Pochettino would have to give up the money he was still due from the three-and-a-half years he had left on his contract in North London.
The clause – which effectively means Pochettino is not a free agent – also applies to clubs across Europe including Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, who are both said to be keen on appointing him.
As for Pochettino’s hunt for another job, the former Spurs boss has confirmed to Fox Sports Argentina that there are “attractive” projects for him to take on.
“There are a lot of clubs and attractive projects for me to take on,” Pochettino told Fox Sports Argentina. “For the time being, the most important thing is for me to clear my head after five-and-a-half incredible seasons with Tottenham.
“My aim is to seek the ability to rebuild myself and get my self-motivation back. It is my intention to return to manage in Europe. It is hard for me to imagine a project in Argentina.
“However, for the sake of my family, I would not refuse to work over here. But now I need to be calm for a few days and see what happens. I haven’t had a lot of time to digest what has happened with me.”
Despite choosing not to reveal the nature of such projects, the Argentine said he was eager to return to management in Europe but did not rule out taking a role in Argentina.
United and Spurs meet in the Premier League on Wednesday, with Mourinho looking for a fourth win from four since taking over at the helm.