Mauricio Pochettino is apparently not the free agent everyone thinks he is after leaving Tottenham Hotspur.
The Telegraph bring an intriguing report on Monday that the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid will actually have to go through Spurs chairman Daniel Levy if they want him as their manager.
Under the terms of his exit, the north Londoners would be entitled to compensation from potential suitors from both the Premier League and overseas.
Despite getting the axe from Levy, it would remarkably appear that Spurs still have a hold over the 47-year-old.
The report states: “Instead, it is understood Pochettino would have to give up the money he was still due if he accepted a job at another club and that club would have to pay compensation to Tottenham if they managed to strike an agreement with Levy.”
It is not known how much longer these supposed terms will remain in effect.
TBR’s view – Levy strikes again
Nothing is ever straightforward with Levy.
He is one of the shrewdest boardroom figures in the Premier League and, potentially, this is something that could put interested clubs off an immediate swoop for Pochettino.
Arsenal is probably a very unlikely move anyway, but it could well be that Manchester United now don’t make an attempt to get him.
Ultimately, it could be something that benefits Tottenham’s bid for a top-four finish.