Mauricio Pochettino is close to becoming the next manager of Paris Saint-Germain.
Discussions with the former Tottenham, Southampton and Espanyol bosses have been at an advanced stage and are now an attempt to reach a full agreement between the parties.
Thomas Tuchela fired PSG on Thursday, four months after taking them to the Champions League final.
Pochettino, who was sacked by the Spurs in November 2019, should beat Thiago Motta at work, with whom PSG have been in contact in recent days, according to The sky in Italy.
The Argentine, who played for PSG from 2001 to 2003, told RMC Sport in 2016: “Coach one day at PSG, that would make me happy. It’s my dream. It’s a club I follow a lot. I try to watch their games. Especially in the Champions League. Come back to PSG one day, why not ? “
He said Sky Sports in November when asked where his next role would be: “I don’t know. I’m not going to close any doors. I learned when I was really, really young, [Pochettino’s former coach] Jorge Griffa would say, ‘Mauricio, football will dictate to you’.
“And I’m waiting to feel what the right project is for us, what the right way to go.
“My energy is full, I would love to be involved in the game, but at the same time I have to realize that at this point it is a good moment to wait.
“You have to wait for the right project and surely football will bring what football wants, and we have to be open and accept or not.”
Tuchel’s departure comes four months after leading the club to their first Champions League final where they lost to Bayern Munich in Lisbon.
The German replaced Unai Emery with a two-year contract in June 2018, and last May he signed an extension that would keep him in Paris until the end of the current campaign.
However, in October, there were public omissions regarding the recruitment of players with the club’s sports director Leonard.
Tuchel said, “We lose too many players on free transfers. That’s too much, too much. We can’t ask this team the same as last season.”
The next day, Leonardo expressed disapproval of Tuchel’s comments, saying “you must respect the people above you.”
“I didn’t like his comments, they didn’t like the club either,” he said.
“We have to understand the moment we’re going through. If someone isn’t happy, it’s easy – we can talk. But if you decide to stay, you have to respect the people above you.”
PSG beat Strasbourg 4-0 in the league on Wednesday night, and the next one is in action against Saint-Etienne on January 6th.