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Mauricio Pochettino is set for shock talks with Ligue 1 side Nice just months after leaving Paris Saint-Germain and the first game could be against Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi


Mauricio Pochettino is due to meet with officials from Ligue 1 club Nice on Tuesday to discuss the managerial position at the club.

Pochettino has been out of work since leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer after a disappointing 18 months in the French capital.

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Pochettino has been without a club since July after leaving French champions PSG

He was heavily linked with the Manchester United job earlier this year before Erik ten Hag was eventually chosen to take over at Old Trafford.

According to Foot Mercato, Nice have identified the former Tottenham boss as the man to succeed Lucien Favre who was only appointed manager in June.

Nice have had a disappointing start to the season with the ambitious Cote d’Azur club sitting in 13th place in the table, recording just two wins in their opening eight matches.

They are owned by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe who recently expressed interest in buying Manchester United.

The Aiglons have a familiar air about them this season having brought in Aaron Ramsey, Ross Barkley and Kasper Schmeichel this summer.

Nice have a crop of talented young players but Favre has struggled to ensure his players perform in his second spell at the helm.

Britain's richest man, Jim Ratcliffe, is also the owner of French Ligue 1 side Nice

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Britain’s richest man, Jim Ratcliffe, is also the owner of French Ligue 1 side Nice


If Pochettino takes over at the Allianz Riviera, his first game in charge could be the trip to former club Paris Saint-Germain to face Neymar, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe on October 1.

The Argentinian boss agreed to end his contract with PSG a year early despite winning the Ligue 1 title in May.

Club chiefs have decided to part ways with Pochettino after a season of below-average performances coupled with the club’s Champions League capitulation to Real Madrid in March.

Pochettino could quickly come up against Mbappe when Nice moves to PSG next month

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Pochettino could quickly come up against Mbappe when Nice moves to PSG next month

Galtier replaced Pochettino at the helm of PSG this summer

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Galtier replaced Pochettino at the helm of PSG this summer

Pochettino’s exit ironically paved the way for Christophe Galtier to leave Nice to take the Parc des Princes hot seat, and the Argentine could go in the opposite direction.

Nice’s 1-0 loss at home to Angers on Sunday appears to be the final straw with Favre closing in on the exit door.

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