Tottenham line up top-class Pochettino successor amid Barcelona speculation

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Tottenham are reportedly set to target Roma boss Luciano Spalletti in the event that Mauricio Pochettino opts to move to Barcelona at the end of the season.

After Luis Enrique announced earlier this week that he would be stepping down from his position at Barca in the summer, speculation has been rife over who will replace him at the Nou Camp.

Amongst the names linked with the role is Pochettino, who has impressed with his work at Espanyol, Southampton and with Tottenham in particular.

That past with Espanyol could be a sticking point in terms of taking charge of their rivals, but ultimately, as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, it is considered a possibility that he will leave White Hart Lane in favour of joining the Catalan giants.

That in turn would present Tottenham with a real headache, as the Argentine coach has done an excellent job thus far and is seen as a key figure in taking them forward in the coming years with a new stadium on the way and the pressure of establishing them as perennial Premier League title contenders.

In the event that they are forced into a managerial change though, the report claims that Spalletti has emerged as a real possibility as with his contract running down in the Italian capital, he may well face an uncertain future of his own.

Having returned to Roma for a second spell last year, the Italian tactician continues to keep them firmly in the top three in Serie A and they remain the biggest threat to breaking the dominance of Juventus.

Known for his excellent tactical brain and ability to get the best out of his players with limited resources to put the squad on a par with their rivals, Spalletti is a top class coach who boasts two Coppa Italia trophies and a whole host of honours during his spell in charge at Zenit between 2009 and 2014.

Naturally, moving to the Premier League would be a completely different challenge, but time will tell if there is an opening at Tottenham.

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