That is according to Marca, who report that Ricardo Barkala, in the running to become the Basque club’s next president, wants to appoint Pochettino as his coach and Ramon Planes – formerly of Barcelona – as his sporting director.
Paris Saint-Germain and Pochettino have mutually agreed to terminate their contract and compensation is now being discussed. Once that is agreed the departure will be announced – it is thought that it will cost the French club more than €10m.
Athletic have just parted company with Marcelino and are in search of a coach who can take them to the next level. They finished eighth in La Liga this season, four points behind Villarreal and a place in the Europa Conference League.
And Pochettino is a hugely experienced coach. The Argentine’s first position was in La Liga with Espanyol, whom he spent three years with before joining Southampton in 2013.
A year later he joined Tottenham Hotspur, who he led to the Champions League final in 2019 only to be relieved of his position shortly afterwards.
The 50-year-old has been in charge of PSG since 2021.