Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi is less than happy with Mauricio Pochettino’s desire to get the job as Manchester United coach, 90min has been told.
Pochettino’s representatives have touched on United long before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired this weekend after their humiliating 4-1 loss to Watford.
As 90min revealed shortly after, United quickly began to prepare for life after the Norwegian and their early planning had seen Pochettino’s name emerge as one of their preferred options, with Sir Alex Ferguson a big fan of the Argentine.
Pochettino has made it clear that he would like to take the job and his representatives have told United that he would be willing to move before the end of the season.
United announced when Solskjaer left that they would appoint a temporary manager to take them to the end of the season – but sources have confirmed that such a statement would not prevent them from making a permanent appointment if the right candidate shows up.
Pochettino is not completely stuck in PSG and his relationship with sports director Leonardo has been “strained” for a number of months. He looked closely at returning to Tottenham this summer as a result of his concerns over his job in the French capital.
PSG chairman Al-Khelaifi is aware that his coach is ready to leave – should United do the important thing – but sources have told 90min that he is far from happy with the situation.
Al-Khelaifi would demand maximum compensation from United, even though he already seems to have a replacement in mind in the form of Zinedine Zidane – which could very well help Pochettino get his move to Manchester sealed.
Zidane is available and was briefly linked with United, but it was clear that he and his family were not keen on moving to Manchester and would instead want to switch to Paris.
Zidane’s record of delivering European titles in Madrid is a big plus for Al-Khelaifi and it is understood that it has been the first contact, as the Pochettino deal is gaining momentum.
As revealed earlier this week, Pochettino and Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers have emerged as the leading candidates, with the club’s significant hierarchy somewhat divided on who would be the best nominee.
Sources have confirmed that although both are seen as “the right fit”, Pochettino appears to be the preferred option.