Levy in huge battle to keep £154,000-a-week Tottenham man as mega deal readied – report

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is facing a huge battle to keep Mauricio Pochettino amid fresh interest from Manchester United.

The newspaper claim the Premier League northern giants are prepared to pay £40million to make the Argentine their next manager after deciding he is the “only contender” to replace Jose Mourinho next summer.

Reports state United are convinced they can sell their club as a “more attractive proposition” to Pochettino than another of his glamorous suitors, Real Madrid.

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Levy has been successful in the past in fending off United. Reports claim there was an approach for Pochettino in 2016 when Louis van Gaal was given his marching orders.

Tottenham kept their man, who has now been in charge for four-and-a-half years and cemented himself as the outstanding manager of the 17 years in which Levy has been running the show in north London.

Pochettino signed a five-year contract in May said to be worth £154,000-a-week. Ultimately, the chances of United being successful in their pursuit comes down to whether the Argentine feels his ambitions can be met at Tottenham.

He has steered the club to three consecutive top-three finishes and they are well on course to do the same again this season, while United flounder under Mourinho.

Can Tottenham even afford to reject a £40million compensation fee for Pochettino, given their need to meet the rising costs of their new stadium?