Mauricio Pochettino not available until summer amid Arsenal links

MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 30: Mauricio Pochettino, head coach of Tottenham looks on before the Audi Cup 2019 semi final match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur at Allianz Arena on July 30, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 30: Mauricio Pochettino, head coach of Tottenham looks on before the Audi Cup 2019 semi final match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur at Allianz Arena on July 30, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Mauricio Pochettino isn’t available to manage another club until the summer, according to reports, amid links to Arsenal.

MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 30: Mauricio Pochettino, head coach of Tottenham looks on before the Audi Cup 2019 semi final match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur at Allianz Arena on July 30, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY – JULY 30: Mauricio Pochettino, head coach of Tottenham looks on before the Audi Cup 2019 semi-final match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur at Allianz Arena on July 30, 2019, in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The Mirror report that there’s a growing feeling that Mauricio Pochettino would be the first-choice manager at Arsenal. They believe he fits the bill in terms of young player development, coaching style and communication.

However, according to the claims, West Ham United also tried to sound out the former Tottenham Hotspur boss over taking over from Manuel Pellegrini. Pochettino rejected them and reportedly told them he’s unavailable until the summer.

If Arsenal wanted Pochettino, they’d have to stick with Freddie Ljungberg until then. They’ve suggested they’re willing to do that, as we know.

Pochettino’s desire to wait until the end of the season likely has something to do with his payoff. Previous reports suggested he took £12.5m from Spurs, but only on the condition that he didn’t manage another Premier League club this season.

The 47-year-old is reportedly open to an Arsenal move, despite his Tottenham connection. At this stage, that’s just a rumour though. We’ll have to wait for more substantial reports on the potential appointment.