Ex-Espanyol trainer’s current contract on the south coast runs out next June.
Southampton intend to triple in-demand head coach Mauricio Pochettino’s salary in order to try and persuade the Argentinian to turn down Tottenham Hotspur’s advances and instead remain at St Mary’s next season after all, according to exclusive reports in the Daily Express.
The north London club, who recently parted company with manager Tim Sherwood , have made Pochettino their number-one choice to take over from the Englishman in the White Hart Lane dugout this summer, with Spurs even prepared to offer the highly rated 42-year-old a bumper £3m-a-year deal to move to the capital.
However, in order to try and keep hold of Pochettino on the south coast next season, the Saints owner Katharina Liebherr is set to meet with her young trainer and offer him a lucrative £6m-a-year contract to stay with the club this summer, which would represent a huge raise on his current £2m-a-season deal at St Mary’s.
And if Pochettino were to agree such a contract, then that would make the South American the third highest paid manager in the entire Premier League next season behind soon-to-be new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal and Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger.
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