Julian Nagelsmann has snubbed Tottenham and a shot at earning the Chelsea job awaits, though Spurs have quickly lined up another young and thriving option instead, per reports.
Both London clubs are on the hunt for new permanent managers heading into next season. Frank Lampard and Cristian Stellini are at their respective clubs’ helms, though only until the end of the current campaign.
One manager heavily linked with both Chelsea and Tottenham was former Bayern Munich boss, Julian Nagelsmann. The 35-year-old was axed in late-March and replaced by former Blues boss, Thomas Tuchel.
Nagelsmann holds a reputation as a young, vibrant and progressive manager. As such, he’s been viewed as an ideal fit for what Tottenham fans crave as well as what Todd Boehly envisions for his Chelsea side moving forward.
However, only one side can appoint the German and according to BILD, it won’t be Tottenham.
The German publication report Nagelsmann has ‘turned down’ the prospect of joining Spurs. Instead, an opportunity to impress Chelsea’s hierarchy awaits.
Nagelsmann is one of two candidates who’ve emerged at the front of the queue to take the reins in west London. The other is former Barcelona and Spain boss, Luis Enrique.
Enrique recently met with Chelsea officials and was given the opportunity to stake a claim to the Chelsea job. BILD report Enrique impressed, though Nagelsmann will soon get that same chance. In their words, Nagelsmann has been ‘invited’ for a ‘job interview’.
Nagelsmann holds an advantage over Enrique in the form of his close relationship with Chelsea technical director, Christopher Vivell. The pair were previously colleagues at both Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.
Tottenham quickly move on from Nagelsmann
While missing out on Nagelsmann is unquestionably a blow, the Sun reveal Spurs aren’t stopping to lick their wounds.
Instead, the newspaper report Tottenham are poised to make their move for Burnley’s ultra-impressive Vincent Kompany.
The Belgian has guided Burnley back to the Premier League with six matches to spare in the Championship. Kompany has also been lauded for the effortless way in which he transformed Burnley from a team known for being pragmatic to one that are possession-based and easy on the eye.
The Sun claim Spurs hope to forge an agreement before July 1. Moving early and providing stability will also reportedly increase their chances of convincing Harry Kane to sign a new deal. Kane is out of contract in 2024 and is wanted by Man Utd.
From Kompany’s end, it’s claimed he’s willing to listen to what Tottenham put forward if indeed they do act on their interest.