Real Madrid eyeing Tottenham boss Pochettino as next long-term boss

Real Madrid are eyeing a move for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino at the end of the season, according to Marca.

What’s the word?

Julen Lopetegui’s ill-fated spell at the Santiago Bernabeu looks set to be coming to a close after Real Madrid’s latest defeat on Saturday against Levante raised the pressure significantly ahead of this weekend’s El Clasico.

It seems highly unlikely that the former Spain boss will remain in charge for the clash against Barcelona and Marca report a departure could be imminent, with current Real Madrid B manager Santiago Solari in-line to take charge.

However, Tottenham could be set for a major blow as it is also stated Los Blancos will eye a change next summer if things do not work out under Solari, and have placed Mauricio Pochettino at the top of their shortlist for their next long-term boss.

Will he move?

Pochettino has regularly been linked with a move to join the European champions and the remainder of the season could be set to have a huge impact on the future of the Argentine boss, as Spurs enter a crucial period.

The Lilywhites are due to move to a new stadium imminently but it remains to be seen if they will be hit by financial restrictions like arch-rivals Arsenal a decade ago, which is a huge concern as the squad is already short of significant depth.

On top of this, a stern battle lies ahead this season to secure a top-four spot and Pochettino would be likely to seek a move if Spurs do not qualify for the Champions League, while he could find it difficult to turn down an approach anyway as he approaches his fifth year in North London.