Mauricio Pochettino is under consideration by Arsenal to take over from Unai Emery, with the suggestion he’s open to a job offer, according to reports.
The Manchester Evening News reports that despite Pochettino’s interest in the Manchester United job, the club currently have no intention of changing manager. Instead, the former Tottenham boss is ‘already under consideration’ by Arsenal.
Despite his links to Spurs and previous comments about managing the Gunners, Pochettino is believed to be open to taking over at the Emirates Stadium. This could be a costly move for the Gunners though, especially in the short term.
We reported earlier today on rumours suggesting Pochettino would have to repay his £12.5m payoff from Spurs if he takes another job with a Premier League club before the end of 2019/20. Pochettino would presumably want to recover that money from his next employer.
Arsenal could obviously wait until the end of the season to avoid the payment. By that time, however, it may be too late, with other clubs likely to come onto the market for a new manager between now and then.
Any big club from overseas wouldn’t have to worry about the fee, so they could move more quickly. Asking Pochettino to swap Spurs for Arsenal is one thing, but asking him to put his career on hold for half a year to do so is another.