Tottenham have made Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers their number one target to replace Jose Mourinho – but they might have a fight on their hands to get him.
Spurs sacked Mourinho on Monday following a run of poor results that left the club’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League hanging in the balance.
Ryan Mason has been handed the reins on a temporary basis until the end of the season, but the 29-year-old is unlikely to land the top job permanently.
Julian Nagelsmann and Maurizio Sarri have been linked with the vacancy in North London, although Rodgers is believed to be Daniel Levy’s number one target.
Rodgers is seen as a ‘dream target’, with Spurs willing to offer him a contract ‘in excess’ of the £15m Mourinho took home as Tottenham boss, according to 90min.
Leicester don’t want to lose Rodgers without a fight, with sources claiming the Foxes would match or better Tottenham’s offer to try and keep the Northern Irishman.
Any such deal would see the 48-year-old rocket up the Premier League manager’s pay league and put him second behind Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
However, for all Tottenham’s financial clout, Rodgers is understood to be happy at Leicester and is not seeking a move away from the King Power Stadium.
The Ulsterman ditched Celtic for a long-term project with the Foxes in 2019 and is unlikely to want to move on with the club on the cusp of the Champions League.
Leicester take on Crystal Palace on Monday night, and ahead of the match, Eagles boss Roy Hodgson gave his view on the rumours linking Rodgers to Tottenham.
He said: “I think, if other clubs want to tempt him away, it will not be easy and as simple as suggesting that historically we happen to be a bit of a bigger club than the one you are at.
“They [Spurs] would have to persuade him that his future will be much better if he moves. But that will not necessarily be an easy thing to do.
“What he is doing at Leicester, the players he has at Leicester, the support he has at Leicester, the way the future looks for Leicester, all of these things are very positive aspects.”
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