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Bayern Munich open talks with Tottenham managerial target Julian Nagelsmann

Bayern Munich have reportedly begun discussions with RB Leipzig head coach and Tottenham managerial target Julian Nagelsmann.

According to The Independent, the reigning UEFA Champions League holders have opened talks with the 33-year-old manager, with Hansi Flick set to leave Bayern this season after just 18-months in charge of the Bavarian club, with the Bundesliga champions needing to pay €15m (£13m) to their East German rivals if they are to lure Nagelsmann from Leipzig.

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The report also states that Nagelsmann had been Daniel Levy’s top target to replace Jose Mourinho following the Portuguese manager’s sacking from Spurs last week, with the German coach said to be interested in the vacancy in north London. Yet Bayern coming into the fold complicates matters for Tottenham, who are now likely to lose out on the Leipzig boss.

Tottenham have been linked with a slew of managers since Mourinho’s dismissal, with The Athletic reporting that the likes of Marcelino, Roberto Martinez and Ralf Rangnick are just a handful of names on a long list of coaching targets for the 2020/21 League Cup finalists.

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TBR View: Tottenham need to focus on more realistic managerial targets than Nagelsmann

There’s no denying that appointing Nagelsmann as manager of Spurs would have been a huge sign of intent from Tottenham, yet even the most optimistic of supporters would have been kidding themselves if they thought there was an actual chance the German manager would join the north London club from Leipzig.

This latest update could all but end Spurs’ hopes of appointing the 33-year-old manager, and it could also serve as a waking up call to Tottenham that when it comes to looking for Mourinho’s successor, they should be looking at more realistic options.

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Nagelsmann would have been the dream appointment, and now Levy and the rest of the backroom staff need to buckle down and start identifying candidates that are not only realistic but can offer the club the long-term vision Spurs are in desperate need of following 18 months of Mourinho taking Tottenham in a sideways projection rather than building on the groundwork Mauricio Pochettino laid down for him.

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