AC Milan have reportedly put Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino ‘at the top of their shortlist’ as they assess potential successors to Gennaro Gattuso.
Pressure is on Gattuso with eight games left of the season and Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis is gathering information on managerial targets should a change be made this summer.
Pochettino, according to Corriere dello Sport, is the club’s primary target as they look to build a side capable of challenging Juventus for the Serie A title.
The former Milan midfielder’s current contract as manager expires on June 30, 2021.
Argentine boss Pochettino is of Italian origins if his family is traced back to the late 19th century and he appeals to Milan for his ability to maximise the players at his disposal as shown over recent years at Tottenham.
Klopp is a secondary option in the Premier League but given the German has Liverpool in the hunt for a first Premier League title and excelling in the Champions League, he would prove difficult to prize away from Anfield.
Milan have shown real signs of improvement under Gattuso this season but a mini-slump – started by a 3-2 defeat to fierce rivals Inter Milan – threatens qualification to the 2019-20 Champions League.
Atalanta are fifth, one point behind the Rossoneri, but are in the better form having not lost in their last five league games.