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Next Tottenham manager: Levy told he must appoint ‘new Mikel Arteta’, with candidate urged to agree shock sale as first job

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A journalist has named the manager Tottenham should bring in instead of Julian Nagelsmann or Mauricio Pochettino, and the coach has been told to shockingly sell two of the club’s best players as his first job.

Tottenham and Antonio Conte parted ways in late March. Club chairman Daniel Levy is eager to appoint someone who can get them to qualify for the Champions League regularly and finally end their trophy drought, which stretches back to the 2008 League Cup.

Nagelsmann is on Levy’s radar as he is a free agent following his release by Bayern Munich. The German has informed his potential suitors, mainly Spurs and Chelsea, that he will only return to management in the summer.

Levy is also tempted by the prospect of bringing Pochettino back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Argentina is already adored by the fans after he took Spurs to second in the Premier League table and a Champions League final during his first spell.

Alternatively, Spurs could go in a completely different direction and bring in Arne Slot, who is doing a great job at Feyenoord. Although, a former Feyenoord coach has urged Slot to reject Spurs and wait for a ‘top club’ instead.

Surprisingly, former Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany could be appointed by Spurs. He has done a brilliant job at Burnley this season, helping them to reach 90 points from 40 matches and secure an immediate return to the Premier League.

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Dutch analyst Filip Joos has given his verdict on Kompany to Spurs, backing the 37-year-old to make such a move and sell two great players ahead of a big rebuild in north London.

“Kompany to Tottenham? Go! And even more: he has to let Kane and Son go and start all over again. That squad is so deep right now,” Joos said during an appearance on the 90 Minutes podcast (via Voetbal Nieuws).

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“He shouldn’t go to Chelsea where he will end up in a machine. There are 98 players walking around and you have to do it with that. Chelsea have also won trophies in recent years.”

The reporter then explained how Kompany can become the next Mikel Arteta thanks to his connection with Pep Guardiola.

“Kompany is now bigger than Tottenham,” Joos sensationally claimed. “If I’m Tottenham and you see Arteta’s work at Arsenal… He’s also from Guardiola’s school, just like Kompany. Doesn’t he have an edge over the rest? We would also understand if he left Burnley for Tottenham.”

It would be a big shock if Spurs landed Kompany instead of Nagelsmann or Pochettino. The former centre-back is still relatively inexperienced as a manager, especially in England.

He was in charge of Anderlecht between 2019 and 2022, spending the first year as a player-manager. Kompany only has one season as a manager in England under his belt, so it may be wise for Spurs to wait a few more years before betting on him.

However, Kompany has certainly gained a lot of plaudits while at Burnley. Few expected them to be so dominant in the second tier after Sean Dyche’s sacking and the departure of a host of senior players.

But Kompany has made the Clarets the biggest force in the Championship, while also completely transforming them into a team which plays an attractive style of football.

Guardiola has already backed the Belgian to manage City one day, and he is certainly on the right path.

Meanwhile, Wednesday’s Transfer Gossip includes Spurs being threatened by Newcastle in their hunt to land a Serie A midfielder.