Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly Real Madrid’s No1 target to replace Zinedine Zidane if they decide to swing the axe.
The Frenchman is going through the first rough patch of his Bernabeu reign – seeing his side battered by Tottenham at Wembley.
And Los Blancos chiefs see Poch, 45, as the future – hoping he can lure Dele Alli and Harry Kane to Spain, claims the Daily Mail.
Pochettino has already signed a long-term extension at White Hart Lane and claims he could stay in North London for 15 years.
Chairman Daniel Levy would be under no obligation to let the boss quit, while his stance has always been that Kane, 24, and Alli, 21, are not for sale.
Real president Florentino Perez has an strong relationship with Pochettino, who is a hit with Real fans after insisting he could never manage Barcelona.
And the Argentinian coach proved his class as the young side he moulded added to Real’s woes with a 3-1 victory.
Alli was on target twice, with Kane proving he has the talent to mix it with Europe’s top sides.
The former MK Dons star is managed by his family, who are considering super agents Jorge Mendes and Mino Raiola as his career takes off.
Kane, meanwhile, has shown no indication he would like to leave Spurs but his position is set to be challenged as long as he keeps firing in goals.