Tottenham Hotspur have been given fresh hope in their bid to bring Mauricio Pochettino back to the club this week…
According to Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles, the Argentine is still trying to force an exit from his current club, Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, this summer.
Speaking on a recent episode of ‘The Transfer Window’ podcast, he said:
“He was obviously open to talking to Tottenham, Tottenham briefed that they were open to bringing him back.
“It seemed that Paris Saint-Germain’s actions had cut that path off.
“What I’m being told is that Pochettino is continuing to put pressure on Paris Saint-Germain, to put pressure on the Qatari owners, to allow him to leave this summer, regardless of Leonardo exercising that option, which has made it more expensive for him to get out.
“At least you have the potential that [Daniel] Levy can get the man back.”
Some two months on from when Jose Mourinho was sacked, Spurs are still no closer to knowing who their next manager will be and with pre-season due to begin in around ten days time, it’s a major cause for concern.
However, this latest claim from Castles should provide huge encouragement for both Daniel Levy and the Lilywhites faithful, as it seems like their pursuit of Pochettino is far from over – or at least, it could be time for one last push to try and secure him.
The North London outfit have been dealt blow after blow throughout their managerial search. It began by missing out on Julian Nagelsmann, who opted to join Bayern Munich instead, before missing out on names like Brendan Rodgers, Erik ten Hag, Antonio Conte and Paulo Fonseca.
Almost a month ago, The Athletic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke revealed that Levy had held talks with Pochettino over a sensational return to Tottenham but PSG were proving to be firm in their stance of keeping hold of him.
Indeed, they would go on to trigger the extension in his contract to all but end hopes of sealing the unthinkable, some 18 months after he was originally sacked by the club.
But this information from Castles gives the club renewed hope and that’ll leave supporters absolutely buzzing.
In reaction to The Athletic’s initial report in May, fans couldn’t contain their excitement as some compared it to being “like Chrismas Eve” whilst others were left “salivating uncontrollably” over the news, as relayed by This is Futbol in much more detail.
Pochettino arguably overachieved at Spurs, guiding them to three successive top-three finishes, in which the club failed to sign a player for 18 months, so there can’t be a better man to help get them back on track than the Argentine.
Perhaps there is a now small chance that he’s back in the dugout for 2020/21.