Wednesday 23 January 2019

Inter Milan chiefs 'fly to London' to try and lure Mauricio Pochettino - report

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Inter Milan chiefs are reported to be flying to London in the coming days hoping to hold talks with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino over their managerial position, according to Sky Italia.

Pochettino has led Tottenham to their best Premier League season yet after securing a second place finish with a 2-1 win against Manchester United in the final match to be played at their White Hart Lane home last Sunday.

Now the rumours over his future at Spurs are gathering in momentum, with the reports in Italy suggesting Pochettino can be bought out of his Tottenham contract for a fee of £4.2m.

“Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio is flying to London this week to hold talks over a proposed move to bring the Tottenham boss to the San Siro,” claimed Sky.

“The Serie A club can buy Pochettino out of his current contract by paying Tottenham £4.2m and are willing to offer him a deal worth £8.5m-a-year, according to Sky in Italy.”

Yet it would appear that Inter’s hopes of luring Pochettino at this stage of his adventure with Tottenham are forlorn, with the Argentine making it clear that he is committed to Spurs for the long-term.

“When I signed here I understood the project of (chairman) Daniel Levy; the Tottenham project,” he said last week. “We agreed we are not using Tottenham as a platform to sell ourselves.

“And we have showed from day one we wanted to work in this project and we believed in this project.

It’s important to be honest with the person that signed you three years ago and invited you to a good project that you agreed to. Now it is important to be loyal and work together to reach the next level.”

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has also been strongly linked with a move to Inter Milan in recent weeks, with the former Juventus and Italy boss somewhat evasive when he has been asked about his linked with the Nerazzurri.

Conte is believed to have been tempted by what the Italian media describe as ‘a huge offer’ to take over at Inter, but current Roma boss Luciano Spalletti is now believed to be the favourite to land the role.

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