Premier League runners up Tottenham Hotspur have accepted the reality that they could lose Danny Rose this summer – with Manchester United in pole position to rope in the English left-back.
Spurs boss Pochettino has already started searching the market for potential replacements with the English star believed to be eyeing a move up north.
And this has given Mourinho a huge boost as the Portuguese boss is desperately searching for a new left-back this summer.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola had also shown interest in Rose but now he is keen on roping in Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy.
City have also identified Tottenham’s Kyle Walker as one of their top summer transfer targets and his departure could pose serious problems for Pochettino next season.
It is believed that the Spurs defensive duo want to part ways with the club due to strict wage structure in place at Spurs and chairman Daniel Levy has shown no signs of making amends. Walker knows vet well that he can earn treble his current £55,000-a-week at City or Manchester United.
Rose also admitted in public that Spurs might struggle to hold on to their stars as they “might fancy a change” and could be viewed as a “nearly club” yet to win any trophies.
It is believed that Spurs will leave no stone unturned to tie down their stars and will be desperate to prevent a mass exodus but they are also monitoring potential replacements this summer.
Spurs could be interested in roping in out-of-favour United full-back Luke Shaw as a swap deal for Rose.
Shaw suffered a disappointing campaign because of form and injuries under Mourinho’s debut season at Man United and now the former Southampton player would love to re-unite with former boss Pochettino.