Two issues are greatly decreasing the chances of Julian Nagelsmann being appointed as the next Tottenham manager, and a second source has doubled down on Daniel Levy eyeing a Dutchman who’ll make an ‘instant impact’.
Nagelsmann, 35, has emerged as a credible contender to lead Tottenham into the next campaign and beyond. The German is viewed as a forward-thinking and progressive coach who’ll bring an attractive brand of football back to north London.
He interviewed for the Chelsea role, though once that avenue closed, a move to Tottenham appeared relatively straightforward. Unfortunately, things rarely pan out that way for Spurs.
Indeed, the Telegraph recently reported the cost of prising Nagelsmann out of his Bayern Munich contract – which is still active – is making Spurs pause for thought.
Nagelsmann’s prior deal at Bayern did not contain a termination clause. As such, he’s effectively on ‘gardening leave’ and is still being paid by Bayern. His annual salary is a hefty €12m (£10.6m) and his deal has another three years to run.
ESPN doubled down on the claim Tottenham are hesitant to pay what’s required to appoint Nagelsmann. Now, a second update from the Telegraph has highlighted two further issues.
Nagelsmann issues swell to three
Firstly, the lack of a sporting director in place is cause for concern for Nagelsmann. Fabio Paratici recently resigned from that position at Tottenham once his appeal to overturn a global 30-month ban from football for financial malpractice in Italy was rejected.
Nagelsmann wishes to know who’ll be heading up the recruitment and strategy at his next club and the fact Tottenham don’t have anyone in place makes everything an unknown.
The second new issue stems from a difference in ambition when it comes to splashing out for high earning players.
Nagelsmann would reportedly target high earners once appointed, though it’s claimed Spurs would be resistant to signing too many of the type of players Nagelsmann would demand they buy.
With numerous issues clouding a Nagelsmann to Tottenham move, chairman Daniel Levy is exploring alternative options.
Levy could copy Man Utd after learning from Ten Hag mistake
ESPN claimed Feyenoord’s Arne Slot is a ‘serious’ contender for the job. The 44-year-old is primed to lead Feyenoord to just their second Eredivisie title since the turn of the century. That comes despite Feyenoord boasting just a ‘fraction’ of Ajax’s budget for player salaries.
ESPN stated Levy has learned from his past mistakes when previously snubbing the chance to appoint Erik ten Hag after sacking Jose Mourinho in 2021.
The comparisons between Slot and Ten Hag – being Dutch, winning trophies in the Netherlands and playing attacking football – are clear.
The new update from the Telegraph sheds further light on Slot, claiming he’s seen in scouting circles as a manager who could mirror Ten Hag and make an ‘instant impact’ in the Premier League.
Another tick in Slot’s column is the fact he’ll likely rely heavily on transfers from the Netherlands, just as Ten Hag has.
Signing players from the Eredivisie can and has often proved cheaper than when buying from one of Europe’s top five leagues.
Furthermore, it’s noted Spurs have found great success when buying from Holland in the past, most notably with Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen.
Other candidates believes to be in the frame, albeit as outside contenders, include Graham Potter and Brendan Rodgers. Another to emerge in the frame over the last 24 hours is Bayer Leverkusen’s Xabi Alonso.