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Barcelona Identify Ernesto Valverde Replacement, But Face Tough Competition From Euro Giants

Credit: EFE

Credit: EFE

Barcelona have apparently set their sights on former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, joining a long list of clubs ready to acquire his services. The Argentine's five-year tenure at Tottenham came to an end when he was sacked on Tuesday night.

However, it doesn’t look like he will be jobless for a long time, as there are clubs interested in his services, including the Blaugrana. The Sun report that it's Barcelona who are set to make the biggest approach given Ernesto Valverde's recent results.

The Spaniard boss is under pressure at the Camp Nou after an indifferent start to the season, which has sparked a lot of rumors about his future in Catalonia.

Barca, though, haven’t been the only side to show their interest in Pochettino. Bayern Munich are also one of the clubs trying to make a move for the Argentinian tactician, as they search for a long-term replacement for Niko Kovac, who departed at the start of the month.

Kovac former No 2, Hansi Flick, has taken interim charge at the Allianz Arena, but the Bavarians are eager to sign a more experienced manager, with Poch now becoming the favorite to take over at the Allianz Arena.

The interest from Barcelona is the most intriguing, with Pochettino having previously distanced himself from the Catalan giants due to his ties with Espanyol.

“It's something that is more than understood,” he said in 2018.

“I have a lot of friends in Barcelona, who are from the Blaugrana and to whom I have enormous respect, but my path and that of Barcelona are different, opposite directions, and coaching there would be impossible.”

It remains to be seen if Barca can actually make this happen, but if they get Poch, that would be a hell of a signing for them.