Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino needs a mammoth multi-million-pound contract to join record Serie A champions Juventus, as per reports in Italy.
The Argentine has guided Spurs to the Champions League finale, yet has taken steps to leave the Premier League side on the off chance that they don’t satiate his desire.
This has prompted reports of Pochettino moving to Turin, who are set to go separate ways with current manager Max Allegri this summer.
Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport say that Pochettino and Juve have reached out, and the current Spurs boss is demanding colossal wages.
They report that Pochettino has demanded €20million per year (£17.2m) to move to Italy, even though Juve top brass Andrea Agnelli will take as much time as necessary over settling on a choice.
It leaves Allegri in a dilemma, albeit different reports express that he has consented to leave the Turin based outfit after guiding them to five consecutive scudettos in a row.
Pochettino has expressed he is not kidding about the likelihood of leaving Spurs if the club doesn’t genuinely endeavour to expand on their first UEFA Champions League finals appearance.
Speaking to media on Friday, he said:
‘The problem is, I need to know what we need to achieve or what we are going to fight for. That is the most important.
‘I am not open to start a new chapter with no plan, with no clear idea, with not being transparent, telling you and telling our fans what’s next, what is our objective.
‘If we expect every season to be in the final of the Champions League, we need to create a plan, and the plan may be different to what has happened in the last five years.
‘If we believe we can operate in the same way we have in the last five years and that we are going to be every season in the final of the Champions League, and we are going to be every season in the top four and competing against Liverpool or Manchester City or Manchester United, I think we are very naive.
‘In five years we have achieved a lot of things, but now it’s what’s. Next, that is my point.’