Manchester United may have entered the interviewing process with Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, but they appear to have the upper hand with Mauricio Pochettino too.
United are expected to swiftly appoint their new long-term manager ahead of next season as Ralf Rangnick's position as interim boss expires on June 1. And Ten Hag reportedly held talks with United on Monday as the Dutchman became the instant frontrunner to take the role.
But Pochettino remains his primary competitor, and the PSG boss is expected to leave his current role this summer. And recent events may have given United a major bargaining tool as they identify the right man for the job.
With both Ten Hag and Pochettino currently employed by their respected clubs, United will have to pay some sort of compensation if they are to appoint either boss. But the Argentine is expected to be sacked by PSG after another unsuccessful Champions League run, but at a price.
According to The Telegraph, if Pochettino was to be sacked by PSG, his staff would be entitled to a compensation package of between £15million and £20m as there are 15 months left on his deal. With the French giants expected to depart with their current boss, United could prise him away for a very small fee.
United were reportedly quoted a £8.4m fee by PSG in November according to Sky Sports, but that fee will be significantly lower now that the French side are looking to offload Pochettino. Therefore, it levels the playing field with Ten Hag, as finances are no longer a factor.
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Spain boss Luis Enrique and Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui have also been mentioned as the other names on United's shortlist, but it's Ten Hag and Pochettino that remain the clear favourites. Ten Hag held talks with Tottenham last summer, but Spurs decided to appoint Nuno Espirito Santo instead.
Ten Hag is clearly keen on a move to England as he's taken Ajax as far as he can, but Pochettino has previous Premier League experience. The Argentine has enjoyed successful spells with both Southampton and Tottenham, although he failed to win a trophy on English soil.
The Dutchman, on the other hand, has only ever worked outside of Holland once, during a brief stint with Bayern Munich's reserve side. However, although a potential risk, it could reap massive rewards for United due to his attractive style of play.
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