It was only a matter of time before someone published a report suggesting Daniel Levy is ready to play hardball with Manchester United, should the 20-times champions of England be prepared to buy Mauricio Pochettino out of his current Tottenham contract.
The story also states that United have made Pochettino their number one target to become their new permanent boss after dismissing José Mourinho on Tuesday which comes as no real surprise.
It is also suggested that the club’s Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward, has set his sights on the former Southampton and Espanyol manager and is ready to gather £40 million in compensation to bring the Argentine to Old Trafford.
But The Times claim Levy will not let his manager leave so cheaply – and will demand more than the £40m that has been quoted so many times. The problem being there’s no actual release clause in his contract, so the Spurs chairman can make life more difficult for United and that’s not something he would shy away from…
Levy has a strong reputation for being a difficult negotiator.