Tottenham are on the hunt for their third manager in the space of 18 months, and there’s one name who has attracted plenty of the attention since Jose Mourinho was fired on Monday.
That manager is Julian Nagelsmann; the 33-year-old boss of RB Leipzig, who has a big decision to make this summer - or maybe even before then.
Nagelsmann, formerly of Hoffenheim before he switched to RB Leipzig in 2019, is one of the early favourites for the Tottenham job.
At the time of writing he’s a best-priced 9/2 with Paddy Power to join the elite band of bosses over on England's shores.
However, Nagelsmann is also the frontrunner for the Bayern Munich job. A huge vacancy in his homeland that opened up over the weekend after the club’s serial-winning manager, Hansi Flick, revealed that he’s off at the end of the season.
Flick is now widely expected to replace Joachim Low in charge of the Germany national team.
In truth, Bayern looks the more likely destination for Nagelsmann. He grew up supporting the club, is originally from the surrounding area, and has been on the club’s radar for years. It’s the biggest job in the Bundesliga and one of the most attractive in Europe.
“FC Bayern plays a big role in my dreams,” he told The Mirror in 2017.
“I lived in Munich for many years. I come from Landsberg am Lech, not so far from Munich.
Yet, he’s contracted to RB Leipzig for another two seasons, and the club will want to hold onto their talented young manager for as long as possible as they bid to topple Bayern.
However, should Nagelsmann signal his intent to depart, RB Leipzig would undoubtedly favour him moving to London over Munich, given that Bayern are their title rivals.
Now, onto the potential cost.
It was reported last week by Sport1 that RB Leipzig would want a hefty fee in the region of £17million compensation (15 to 20 million euros) for their in-demand manager, whose contract runs to June 2023.
The Jose Mourinho sacking is set to cost Spurs up to £30m, on top of the £20m it cost the club to fire Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff.
Whether the Nagelsmann fee would put Spurs off is unknown. In truth, it probably won’t dissuade Daniel Levy. If he wants the German, he’ll do everything he can to lure him over to the Premier League.
Other names in the frame for the Tottenham hot seat include Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, the out-of-work duo of Eddie Howe and Rafa Benitez, plus Wolves’ Nuno Santo.
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