Reports suggest that Chelsea could potentially hijack Tottenham’s pursuit of Julian Nagelsmann, who was surprisingly sacked by Bayern Munich last week, sparking a manager rumour mill. Nagelsmann is one of the most sought-after coaches in football and has been linked with both Tottenham and Chelsea.
Antonio Conte’s departure from Tottenham has seen Nagelsmann linked with the North London club. Chairman Daniel Levy is said to have made Nagelsmann the club’s top target, with reports suggesting contact has been made between the two parties. However, the Daily Mail reports that Chelsea could also be interested in Nagelsmann if they decide to part ways with under-fire boss Graham Potter.
Potter has faced criticism this season due to Chelsea’s inconsistent form, but a recent upturn in results has eased the pressure on the Englishman. However, should form turn negative before the end of the season, Todd Boehly and Co may reportedly opt for a change in leadership.
In addition to Tottenham and Chelsea, Real Madrid is also reportedly interested in Nagelsmann. Carlo Ancelotti is tipped to end his reign at the Bernabeu this summer, and Real Madrid could potentially compete with Tottenham and Chelsea for Nagelsmann’s services.
As Tottenham’s search for a new manager continues, Cristian Stellini has been appointed as caretaker boss until the end of the season. Despite a Champions League spot being at stake, Tottenham will not rush into a hasty appointment. Alongside Nagelsmann, available free agent coaches including fan favourite Mauricio Pochettino and ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique have been linked.
Nagelsmann is widely regarded as one of the most promising young coaches in world football. He rose to prominence during his time at Hoffenheim, where he led the club to their first-ever Champions League appearance. In 2019, he was appointed as head coach of RB Leipzig, where he continued to impress with his tactical acumen and man-management skills.
Nagelsmann’s success at Leipzig caught the attention of Bayern Munich, who appointed him as their head coach last year. Despite leading Bayern to the Bundesliga title and the Champions League semi-finals, Nagelsmann was surprisingly sacked last week.
If Nagelsmann were to join Tottenham or Chelsea, he would inherit a talented squad with plenty of potential. Tottenham has a number of exciting young players, including Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, and Tanguy Ndombele. Meanwhile, Chelsea has a wealth of attacking talent, including Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, and Mason Mount.
Both Tottenham and Chelsea have struggled for consistency this season, and Nagelsmann’s tactical nous and man-management skills could be just what they need to take their game to the next level. However, with Real Madrid also reportedly interested in Nagelsmann, it remains to be seen where he will end up next season.