It’s been over a year since Tottenham Hotspur showed Mauricio Pochettino the exit door and the 48-year-old is yet to return to management.
Over the past few days, multiple reports coming out of Spain have talked about the Argentine being a favourite candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
The Frenchman is under a lot of pressure after seeing his side sit third in the Champions League group table and managing only one league win since October.
Los Blancos could also be in danger of failing to qualify for the next round of the competition and drop to the Europa League. Should this happen, reports state the La Liga winners could cut ties with Zidane and bring in a new manager.
Pochettino emerging as a target for Real Madrid has also been discussed in England, with reports further suggesting the former Southampton boss could demand the Spanish club sign Spurs’ Harry Kane and Dele Alli, along with Juventus’ Paulo Dybala.
These claims have been relayed by Mundo Deportivo, and the newspaper explains Pochettino’s demands are ‘precisely’ a ‘big problem’ for him to arrive at Santiago Bernabéu.
Kane has continued to be a standout player for Spurs under José Mourinho and with the north London club leading the league table, it will be tough for Real Madrid to convince Daniel Levy to let the striker leave Tottenham.
Even if they manage to convince Levy, Real Madrid will have to put a ‘lot of money’ on the table for Kane as he has a contract until 2024.
Alli also has the same time left on his current deal. He was a star under Pochettino, but he is not preferred by the Portuguese tactician.