Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly hopeful of being Manchester United manager next season.
The Mirror claim that the former Spurs boss is still hovering on the Red Devils radar but the club will only sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if they finish outside the top six.
The report adds that Pochettino, who has been out of work since he was sacked by Daniel Levy in November, has told friends he wants to resume his career in the summer.
The 47-year-old is prepared to be patient as he lines up his next move but is understood to be excited by the prospect of taking over the United dugout.
Pochettino has long been admired at Old Trafford, with fans even calling for the board to hire him following a humiliating 3-1 loss to neighbours Manchester City last month.
Red Devils chiefs so far seem adamant that they will be sticking with Solskjaer, despite the club having their worst start to a season in over 30 years.
But that situation could change if the Norwegian fails to secure a top-four finish, with United currently seventh in the Premier League.
Some of the club’s major sponsors, including Adidas and Chevrolet, are believed to have Champions League clauses in their contracts.
And that will mean United facing a massive financial blow should they go a second successive season without top-level European football.
Pochettino meanwhile has been re-charging his batteries in Spain and his native Argentina since leaving Tottenham.
And the former defender, who has also been linked with taking over at Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, has already teased a return to England.
Speaking at the launch of LaLiga TV, he said: “Now I am watching a lot of football and spending time with my family.
“I was lucky to start my career as a manager with Espanyol.
“Then I came to the Premier League, to England, learned English and a different culture.
“I am a better person today, with more knowledge and I had a great experience in the Premier League.
“Football was born here in England. But La Liga is amazing football, with amazing coaches.
“Of course, as a coach, you try to be in the best place. And England and Spain are the two best leagues in the world.”