Reports: Pochettino only contender for Man Utd job and has Ferguson’s backing

There are more reports linking Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino with Manchester United in Thursday’s newspapers.

Pochettino has been touted as a possible replacement for the sacked Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

The Sun claim Pochettino is being backed for the job by former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and that United are ready to pay £34m in compensation to Spurs in order to land the Argentine.

The Times say Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will demand far more than £34m if he is to let Pochettino go.

The Daily Telegraph say United are prepared to pay £42m and that Pochettino is the club’s only real target to appoint in the summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been placed in caretaker charge at United until the end of the season.

The Mirror say he will be given £50m to spend during next month’s transfer window and that United’s main targets include Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.

Pochettino, who has also been linked with Real Madrid, added to speculation about his future when he did not rule himself out of the running for the United job while speaking at a press conference this week.

“What is going to happen in the summer? What is going to happen tomorrow? No one knows. The most important is to enjoy the journey. I’m so happy here,” he said.

“What is going to happen is not in our hands, I mean the decision in another club, we don’t know.

“That is not my business and then I will not waste time or energy because my focus and energy is in Tottenham, is in tomorrow and to prepare the best way (for) the games, and, of course, to respect the club that employs you.”

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