Chelsea are considering a move for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to replace current manager Antonio Conte who is expected to depart the club in the coming weeks, according to Sky Sports.
There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Conte’s future all season after falling out with the likes of Diego Costa and David Luiz, as well as results not being up to the level of his first season. While he Blues still have the FA Cup final on the horizon, they have missed out on a Champions League place by finishing fifth in the Premier League. Even if they do lift the famous old trophy on Saturday, it is likely not to be enough to save the Italian’s job.
In the North of London however, there is a manager who is receiving a whole lot of praise, as Mauricio Pochettino has guided Tottenham to Champions League qualification for the third straight year.
It makes a lot of sense that the Argentine would be a target for Chelsea as he managed to take Spurs forward without having the riches of the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.
It would be a hammer blow for Tottenham if they lost Pochettino as he fits perfectly with what the club need right now. With the new stadium being built, Spurs don’t have an abundance of money to spend, so they need a manager like the Argentine who is great at working with young players and aiding their development.
Despite Chelsea’s interest, Pochettino may not want to leave though, as he has started building something with Tottenham and seemingly has a good relationship with the club. However, if they aren’t able to give him the money he needs to improve the squad then the 46-year-old might feel like he’s accomplished everything he can in North London.
It has been claimed that Pochettino has demanded a huge £150 million war chest from the Tottenham board this summer.