Tottenham are doing absolutely everything they can to hold onto manager Mauricio Pochettino.
In two short years, the Argentinian boss has transformed the Lilywhites from top-six regulars to title contenders, and chairman Daniel Levy is intent on rewarding him for his efforts.
Spurs battling to hold on
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With Spurs flying high in second, that move could well be a step-down, but Pochettino is known to enjoy working in Spain, where Barcelona's struggles have seen Pochettino touted as an unlikely replacement for Luis Enrique.
If Pochettino were to leave Spurs, it would initially seem like a disaster. However, as long as the current group of players were to stay, they would still have a good chance of pushing on, as they are expected to do under Pochettino.
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The only thing that could stop that progress would be if Levy did not appoint the right man to replace him.
One standout candidate
Enter Diego Simeone. Approaching the Atletico Madrid boss would be a huge statement of intent on Tottenham's part. Difficult though it may be to attract him, talk of new investment in the club could see him offered a huge package that would make the move more enticing.
He is often linked with Chelsea, but he would not be under such cut-throat pressure at Spurs, making north London the perfect place for him to prove himself in the Premier League.
Pochettino and his compatriot Simeone share many of the same attributes.
Simeone starts from the back. His Atletico team is based around a water-tight defence. He would no doubt get the best out of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
The perfect fit
Up front, they have a little bit of flair in Antoine Griezmann. Simeone is often compared to Jose Mourinho, but in many ways, he is just like Pochettino. That is why he would be such a good fit at White Hart Lane.
At least half of Pochettino's ability lies in his inspiration of his players. Simeone, likewise, is the ultimate motivator, and could provide the boost the players would undoubtedly need if they lost their current boss.
Both are equally tenacious in their mentality. Atletico never give up, and increasingly, neither do Spurs.
Losing Pochettino does not bear thinking about for Spurs' fans and players alike, but if the club were to appoint someone of Simeone's calibre, Pochettino would at least leave something bitter-sweet behind.
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