Tottenham Hotspur are flying after qualifying for the knockout phase of the Champions League earlier this week, but concern over Mauricio Pochettino’s long-term future has emerged in light of his latest achievement.
Success in football typically arrives with one major permutation: interest from rival clubs in key players and the manager behind the success. Pochettino is no exception to the rule at Tottenham, and a recent report from the Daily Telegraph revealed that Daniel Levy will face a fight to keep the Argentine at the end of the season.
Persuading Pochettino to swerve the advances of some of Europe’s most prestigious clubs, including the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United, is one of Levy’s most important tasks for 2019.
However, the same report claims that Levy may dip into the transfer market to help convince Pochettino to remain in north London, with the signing of Andre Gomes on the agenda.
The report claims that Tottenham are interested in making a summer move and they have already sent head scout, Steve Hitchen, to watch him in action during the recent Merseyside derby.
This is not the first time Tottenham have been linked with Gomes, but their interest may well be stronger now that Levy and Pochettino have been given the opportunity to see him in the Premier League.
The manner in which Gomes has rapidly settled into life at Everton suggests he can thrive in English football, and it seems he has put the troubled spell he endured at Barcelona firmly behind him.
Barcelona signed Gomes for £41.7 million in 2016, but he desperately struggled to impress at the Nou Camp with the bar set impossibly high by midfield legends Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
If Tottenham do indeed manage to secure a deal for Gomes it would be a huge blow for the Everton supporters who have instantly warmed to the Portugal international, but the prospect of Champions League football could well swing the decision in favour of the Lilywhites.
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