Tottenham face fight to keep Poch as Real Madrid join Manchester United in race to land him at the end of the season

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REAL MADRID have reportedly joined Manchester United in the race for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.


Thursday January 01, 1970

The Guardian claims Los Blancos are plotting to axe interim boss Santiago Solari in the wake of their historic 3-0 home defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday night.


Thursday January 01, 1970

Mauricio Pochettino is a target for Real Madrid
Mauricio Pochettino is a target for Real Madrid
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And Pochettino is being lined up as the full-time successor to Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked just months into his Bernabeu career.

Pochettino has transformed Spurs into Premier League title contenders during his time in North London.

And Real feel he’s the perfect man to turn the club’s fortunes around.


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However, United are desperate to bring Pochettino to Old Trafford as their chances of a top four finish fade.

The Tottenham boss is also wanted by Manchester United
The Tottenham boss is also wanted by Manchester United
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Jose Mourinho could be sacked for pennies in the summer should United fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

And the Red Devils are willing to pay as much as £40million to secure Pochettino’s signature.

The Argentine was United’s first choice to replace Louis van Gaal in 2016.

And he may fancy the chance to work with a giant transfer budget at one of the world’s biggest clubs, with the likes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku looking in need of fresh inspiration.

Santiago Solari has failed to impress since taking charge at the Bernabeu
Santiago Solari has failed to impress since taking charge at the Bernabeu
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United may sack Jose Mourinho if he fails to qualify for the Champions League
United may sack Jose Mourinho if he fails to qualify for the Champions League
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