Much like Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann as growing unrest with Jose Mourinho dawns over what’s been a rough spell for the 2019 Champions League runners-up. They’ve only won one of their last five Premier League outings and were shockingly knocked out of the Europa League by Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb last month. They currently sit in the 7th spot in the Premier League table, five points adrift of fourth-placed West Ham United, who dropped point this weekend away to Newcastle United. Mourinho’s side face a difficult test to finish in the top four after they get a shot to win a piece of silverware by virtue of the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium against Manchester City next weekend.
Per a new report from The Independent, it could be time for Spurs to act quickly now that Hansi Flick has expressed his desire to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season. There’s now added pressure on Bayern to find a replacement manager and Nagelsmann’s name has been the one most mentioned, but he’s someone that Tottenham is also interested in to replace Mourinho. Spurs CEO Daniel Levy has been keen on bringing Nagelsmann to North London, and he’s expressed interest in the Premier League before. Bayern would be a more natural succession for him, but he could be tempted by the opportunity to manage in the English top flight.
Tottenham also face a bit of a conundrum as far as some of their top players are concerned. If they fail to qualify for the Champions League for next season, both Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son have suggested that they would be potentially looking to leave the club to go somewhere where there’s a guarantee of European football. If that were to happen, it would be incredibly detrimental to Tottenham, and they’d be forced to tap in to the transfer market to find viable replacements, which would make it less likely for them to be able to swing the funds to bring in Nagelsmann.
Nagelsmann himself has stated that there has been no concrete contact from Bayern Munich, rather Bayern’s representatives only lightly touched on the subject when they were doing the negotiations for Dayot Upamecano’s transfer to Bayern. Upamecano and Nagelsmann are represented by the same agency. It remains to be seen whether or not Bayern’s board will stand in the way of Flick leaving, but it’s difficult to see them doing so with the presumption that he would like to replace Joachim Low as the German National team manager after this summer’s European Championships.
Flick going public with his desire to leave has accelerated decisions that Levy and Tottenham need to make, because they could face a mountain of problems if Bayern do wind up securing Naglesmann if and when Flick definitely leaves. They’ve also been linked with Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers, formerly of Celtic and Liverpool, but he would require a significant fee to be pried away from the Foxes. For now, all eyes will be fully finxated on Flick’s situation at Bayern and how, exactly, it pans out.