Former Tottenham midfielder, turned TV pundit Jermaine Jenas says Manchester United have had their eye on Mauricio Pochettino for a ‘long time’ and believes he would jump at the chance to replace Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
Jenas’ claims come amid rumours that Mourinho is considering quitting United after the club failed to secure a number of top transfer targets this summer, and that he has fallen out with star midfielder Paul Pogba.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Jenas said: “I think they’ve been after him for a long time to be honest with you.
“There’s only United and Real Madrid that I think really take his fancy.
“When you think about it, Jurgen Klopp’s not going anywhere at Liverpool.
“He already said he won’t go to Barcelona because of the links with Espanyol.
“If Mourinho did leave United, I wouldn’t be surprised if they went in hard for Pochettino, a
The latter refers to the ongoing ‘crisis’ at Tottenham, whereby they became the only team in the history of the summer transfer window not to sign a single player in a summer window, which was then exacerbated by delays to the reopening of the White Hart Lane stadium.
It is worth noting, however, that Pochettino has publicly stated that he intends to stay and fight for Spurs, and that he recently signed a five year contract extension with the London club – so any attempt to prize him away from a Premier League rival would take something extraordinary.