Man United suffered blow in race for 46-year-old Mourinho replacement

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has made it clear that Manchester United will not get their hands on Mauricio Pochettino at the end of the campaign, no matter how much money they offer in compensation.

The 46-year-old manager is widely considered to be the Red Devils’ top target to replace Jose Mourinho, who was given his marching orders three weeks ago.

The Red Devils are expected to go all out to sign their man in the summer transfer window, with £50 million rumoured to have been put aside to tempt Tottenham into letting their manager of five years move on.

According to The Sun, however, Levy values Mauricio Pochettino so highly that he will not risk losing him at any price, even if the South American asks to talk to Manchester United.

The report adds that Spurs would be slightly more willing to talk to Real Madrid if the Spanish giants offer a similar amount, but Daniel Levy does not envisage the ex-Southampton head coach moving on before his contract expires in 2023.

Offering new five-year deal to Mauricio Pochettino was a wise move from the Spurs chiefs as the north London giants are in strong negotiating position.