Spurs open talks for record-breaking deal to keep key man amid Man United links

Spurs have started contract talks with Mauricio Pochettino and are willing to make him the highest-paid manager in the club’s history, according to reports from Football Insider.

The Argentine has enjoyed a fantastic second season at the helm of the Lilywhites, transforming the north London club from Champions League hopefuls into fully-fledged title contenders, while building a young and vibrant squad.

Naturally, his achievements and potential have alerted rivals teams, with Manchester United thought to be eyeing him as a possible successor to Louis van Gaal.

And Spurs are aware that Pochettino’s stock is higher than ever, which has prompted talks between the tactician and the club regarding fresh terms.

Reports indicate that Tottenham are willing to make the former Southampton coach the best-paid manager in the club’s history, doubling his current £3.5m-per-year earnings to £7m-per-year.

Should he put pen to paper, the contract will usurp the £6m-a-year paid to Juande Ramos during his brief period at White Hart Lane.