With the impending Newcastle takeover on the horizon, the Magpies’ prospective new owners have outlined Mauricio Pochettino as the man they want to lead the charge – but reports suggest that the Argentinian has demanded he be in total control of transfers at St James’ Park if he is to take the job.
Pochettino has been named as the leading choice to replace Steve Bruce as and when the takeover goes through, and The Sun report that he’s begun to outline his conditions.
Despite Pochettino’s determination to have full control over Newcastle’s transfers, the club has found itself linked with several high profile players, with Philippe Coutinho reportedly in the club’s sights and now The Sun claim a move for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha is in the pipeline.
Zaha would likely cost Newcastle around £60m, but it remains to be seen whether the move is one Pochettino will follow up on once he’s in the hot seat, with the Argentine keen to avoid the situation he found himself in at Spurs.
Poch was forced to watch as Tottenham failed to make any signings at all in back to back windows during his time in north London, with Daniel Levy keeping a firm hand on the pursestrings as the club financed their new stadium.
Whether Zaha is a true target for Newcastle or whether he’s just yet another name being thrown at the wall to play off the idea that the Magpies will have cash to splash, the rumour adds to the general sensation that the club will spend fairly heavily once taken over – taking them into the realm of FFP concerns.