Manchester United are prepared to pay the compensation Tottenham would demand for Mauricio Pochettino, according to the Evening Standard.
They report that Tottenham would likely demand more than the £34m value of the next four years of the Argentine’s contract if United were to take him away.
But given that sacking Jose Mourinho reportedly cost United £20m and their latest financial reports were so healthy, the Standard report that the powers that be at Old Trafford would not blink about spending big to land Pochettino.
It is almost surprising that managers are not more frequently traded for big money, in an era when even reasonably mediocre players are changing hands for eye-watering sums.
United would reportedly spread the fee to prize Pochettino away through multiple years of their accounts, which would soften the blow.
They have not been scared to spend big money to bring in their top targets in the past and given that getting the right manager in is as big a decision as they have had to take since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, it is hardly surprising that they are prepared to flex their muscles if they want Pochettino.
That doesn’t help Tottenham or Daniel Levy, and the past week proved once more just how important Pochettino is to their future plans; with his tactical nous and ability to keep the club’s top talent on side.