Former Barca boss poised to replace Ancelotti at Bayern Munich

Rob McCarthy

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is reportedly set for talks with Bayern Munich as speculation mounts that he will replace Carlo Ancelotti.

The former Spain winger won the Treble in his first season in charge at the Nou Camp and the Double in his second year, but had a poor campaign in 2016-17 and was replaced by Ernesto Valverde in the summer.

However, according to German TV station Sport1, the 47-year-old has become the number one target for Bayern president Uli Hoeness after Ancelotti’s exit.

The former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss won the Bundesliga last season but was sacked after a 3-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain – amid reports that “five players” had turned on him.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who won three league titles during his time at Bayern, was also spotted in Munich with Hoeness on Tuesday and it’s been confirmed that Guardiola has been advising his former club on their next appointment.

Guardiola was spotted in the plush Osteria Italiana in Munich with Hoeness and a group of others.

Hoeness said in the report in The Sun: “I told him who we would appoint in the next few days. He was satisfied.”

Other names on Bayern’s reported shortlist are Thomas Tuchel, Diego Simeone and Louis van Gaal.