Manchester United will not have to pay any compensation fee if they are to agree a deal to make Mauricio Pochettino their new manager.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing increasing scrutiny after United’s dismal Premier League season leaked into their Champions League form this week.
And as exclusively revealed byDaily Star Sport last month and confirmed by Manchester Evening News on Thursday, should Solskjaer lose his job, Pochettino is United’s first-choice to replace him.
Defeat to Arsenal, followed up by Tuesday’s 2-1 loss against Istanbul Basaksehir, means the Norwegian’s job hangs in the balance.
There have been suggestions that if United fail to bounce back and beat Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, it could spell the end of his tenure with the club.
United have already sounded out the Argentinian and after making contact with his representatives, discovered he is keen to take on the role.
It is understood United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward is reluctant to sack Solskjaer so early in the season, but could be forced into the decision unless there is a dramatic upturn in form.
Defeat to Everton this weekend could see United drop to 17th in the league table and ahead of the international break, Woodward could make the call.
Pochettino is ready to jump back into management, for the first time since he was replaced as Tottenham boss by former United manager Jose Mourinho.
"I am always ready to go again and be involved in the game," Pochettino told Sky Sports earlier this week. "It's not stress when you are working, it's not stress going into the training round to prepare the match and to compete.
"I hope to go back soon so we can start again to work. I am looking forward to being back in the game. I love this game but it's difficult, we are inside and working on doing things. That's the reality."
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Another major plus point in United’s pursuit of Pochettino, is the fact that they would not have to pay Spurs compensation, after that deadline passed in May.
After defeat in the Champions League, Solskjaer was asked about his future, but remained tight lipped about any speculation.
“I decline to comment on such a thing,” he said. “Of course it's early on, and opinions are out there all the time and you've got to stay strong.
“I'm employed by the club to do a job and I do that to the best of my ability with our staff.”
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