Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino met Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu this week
Barcelona are searching for a replacement for Luis Enrique who announced he will step down in the summer.
And Pochettino could well be in the race after holding a meeting with Bartomeu in a Barcelona restaurant.
Pochettino still has a home in the city having played for and managed Espanyol, and Tottenham claim they were aware of the meeting and insist there is nothing in it.
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Mauricio Pochettino met with the Barcelona president this week
However it is not clear whether Pochettino had the club’s blessing to meet Bartomeu but the get-together will do little to dampen speculation about his future.
Pochettino was among the names mentioned following Enrique’s announcement but has drifted in bookmakers’ odds with it looking like a straight race between current assistant manager Juan Carlos Unzue and Athletic Bilbao’s Ernesto Valverde.
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Pochettino has guided Tottenham to second place in the table this season after a third place finish last year.
When asked about the Barcelona job last month Pochettino said: "I can't say anything about that. I'm at Tottenham. I am very happy, I have four more years on my contract, I'm enjoying an exciting project.”
Pochettino was also spotted having lunch with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson last year before confirming his new deal, although Spurs said they were aware of that meeting too.