Mauricio Pochettino in 'advanced talks' with PSG and set to be confirmed as manager before Saint-Etienne clash

MAURICIO POCHETTINO could be confirmed as Paris Saint-Germain's new manager as early as WEDNESDAY after holding 'advanced talks' with the club, according to reports.

The Ligue 1 champions only confirmed the sacking of Thomas Tuchel on Tuesday.

The German boss, 47, was given the boot on the back of last week's 4-0 win over Strasbourg, with PSG one point off top spot in the league.

Now, Pochettino – who captained PSG as a player – is on the brink of taking over at the Parc des Princes after holding talks with club bosses, according to Sky Sports.

Meanwhile, a separate report in France claims Pochettino is set to be announced as PSG's new boss 'in the next 24 hours'.

PSG take on Saint-Etienne in the league on Wednesday night.

And there's every chance ex-Tottenham boss Poch could be in the dugout for it, having been out of work since November 2019.

The move has been sped up after PSG reportedly agreed to pay off the rest of Tuchel's contract, totalling £5.4million in compensation.

Should Pochettino put pen to paper on a deal in Paris, his priority will be convincing Kylian Mbappe to sign a new contract.

Dele Alli, who was touted for a move to Paris in the autumn, is another reported target after their time together in North London.

Also said to be on his radar is Paulo Dybala, after Tottenham attempted to sign the Juventus striker while Pochettino was manager.

Christian Eriksen could also head to Paris after finding life at Inter Milan tough.

And an audacious bid for Lionel Messi could be set in motion with the striker's Barcelona contract expiring in June.

Messi can sign pre-contract terms with clubs as early as FRIDAY.

Manchester City are also interested in a free transfer, with Messi set to command wages of around £900,000 a week.

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