With just three top-flight wins this season, Mauricio Pochettino looks set to part ways with Tottenham anytime soon.
But while the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Manchester United continue to show interest, the Argentine may want to avoid walking out on Spurs — that’s if he’d rather get sacked for an eye-watering payout.
That and more in another edition of Rumour Mill!
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POCH TO LOSE BIG PAY CHEQUE IF HE QUITS SPURS
Mauricio Pochettino would kiss goodbye to £12.5million (A$24m) if he walks out on Tottenham.
But it is looking like the best way for him to follow his dream of managing one of Europe’s top guns.
Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Manchester United are all keen on Poch becoming their next boss and keeping their fingers crossed Spurs sack him so they do not have to pay the North Londoners more than £30m ($57m) in compensation.
But Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will only axe the Argentine as a last resort as he does not want to pay him the £12.5m ($24m) he would be due for being given the boot.
Pochettino has failed to win a trophy since taking over at Tottenham in May 2014, but remains highly-rated and in-demand after guiding them to four successive top-four finishes.
Spurs are 14th in the Premier League after mustering just three top-flight wins.
CAN ‘UNHAPPY’ AT JUVE AMID MANCHESTER UNITED INTEREST
Emre Can admits he is still unhappy at Juventus and that “anything can happen” in his future as he continues to be linked to Manchester United.
The former Liverpool star’s future looks totally up in the air under boss Maurizio Sarri after he was left out of the Serie A side’s 25-man Champions League squad and is yet to start for the club this season.
The 25-year-old Germany international has since been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League as well as a move to Bayern Munich.
And now he appears desperate just to have some football anywhere whether that’s in Turin or not.
Can said: “I’m an ambitious guy and I always want to compete at a top level.”
“I am learning from this difficult moment, that everything won’t always be how I expected it to.
“I haven’t even started a match and I can’t be happy, but I won’t be beaten. I will continue to work hard on myself.”
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BARCA REJECT RAKITIC BID FROM UNNAMED PREMIER LEAGUE SIDE
Barcelona have rejected a £13m ($25m) transfer bid from a Premier League side for playmaker Ivan Rakitic, Spanish reports claim.
The La Liga champions are holding out for £30m ($57m) for the unhappy 31-year-old.
Rakitic has been vocal about his lack of playing time at the Nou Camp this season, making just 10 appearances.
Despite the player insisting he wants to remain at Barca, the club is open to selling him and according to negotiations are already underway — but an unnamed Premier League outfit were £18m ($34m) short of their asking price.
Manchester United – who face another battle to hold on to French star Paul Pogba in the winter window – have been linked with Rakitic.
Atletico Madrid as well as Italian giants AC and Inter Milan along with Juventus are also long-time admirers of the Croatian.