Tottenham Hotspur have just been dealt a major setback in their pursuit of Julian Nagelsmann…
According to Fabrizio Romano, the RB Leipzig boss is set to be confirmed as Bayern Munich’s next manager, replacing the departing Hansi Flick, who is widely expected to be swapping the Bundesliga champions for the German national side.
He claims that the 33-year-old gem has turned down Spurs amongst other clubs and will soon be announced as the Bavarian’s new boss on a five-year deal.
Munich and Leipzig are negotiating the final fee as the former Hoffenheim boss is under contract at the Red Bull Arena until 2023.
This news comes as a devastating and crushing blow to Spurs as it was thought that the young German mastermind was amongst their top targets, if not Daniel Levy’s no.1 choice.
As revealed by the Telegraph at the end of February and then again following the sacking of Jose Mourinho last week, the Leipzig boss was Levy’s ‘preferred option’ to replace the Portuguese in north London.
It’s easy to see why he would be, despite his age, he has emerged as one of the most exciting and progressive coaches in the game, earning lofty comparisons to Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.
“Julian is the biggest German coaching talent. He’s very mature for his age and has already come very far,” explained ex-Leipzig director of football Ralf Rangnick to SID (via Bulinews). “If he keeps developing like this, he can reach the level of Klopp and Guardiola.”
Nagelsmann became the youngest-ever coach to reach a Champions League semi-final and at one stage had Leipzig genuinely challenging Bayern for the Bundesliga title, which would have been some feat.
But now Levy is left back at square one.
His mooted preference to take the helm at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be joining a Champions League and perenially-winning club in Bayern, leaving him with a tough decision to make.
Romano’s latest update is a devastating hammer blow to Spurs, so it would not be a surprise if Levy was left reeling and furious in his office upon hearing this news.