Bayern Munich have reportedly hijacked Tottenham’s move for Thomas Tuchel, with the former Chelsea boss expected to be appointed at the Allianz Arena imminently. Spurs are currently eying up replacements for Antonio Conte following his recent outbursts, though they may now have missed out on their top target.
Conte appeared to have accelerated his departure from Tottenham over the weekend when he took aim at his team and the board, implying that he has faced an uphill task in trying to guide Spurs to a piece of silverware.
Ryan Mason has been tipped as a potential interim until the summer, though it has emerged that Daniel Levy is reportedly eying a permanent appointment. Kicker report that Tuchel was being heavily considered by Spurs and advanced talks were held with the German, but Bayern have now swooped in to steal him from under their noses.
Tuchel was keen on the project at Tottenham, though the ‘very close talks’ were soon forgotten when Bayern came calling with Julian Nagelsmann on the verge of being sacked by the Bundesliga outfit. Spurs are now forced to weigh up their alternative options and could now be tempted to postpone their next appointment until the summer when time is not of the essence.
The speculated snub from Tuchel could push Tottenham to reignite their interest in Nagelsmann, having been heavily linked with the 35-year-old before appointing Conte. The German has impressed over the years in the Bundesliga, though it remains unclear as to why Bayern decided to cut ties with the young coach.
Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi and Brentford’s Thomas Frank has both also been linked with replacing Conte, though the Premier League duo played down the speculation. Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper also insisted that he was committed to his work at the City Ground after it emerged that Spurs were amongst the clubs monitoring his progress.
Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is also expected to be in Levy’s consideration given that the Argentine has spoken openly about his desire to return to the club. The former PSG boss has made it no secret that he feels he has unfinished business at Spurs, having come close to ending the side’s trophy drought whilst at their helm previously.
It remains to be seen how the situation pans out at the club and whether it is ruled that a replacement is needed imminently or whether a decision can wait until the summer, despite the ongoing battle to finish in the top four.