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Spurs managerial target Julian Nagelsmann appears headed for Bayern

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It’s the hope that kills you.

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Tottenham Hotspur’s reported number one target for the man in charge is no longer available.

According to Bild’s Christian Falk, RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann appears to have agreed in principle to take over as the man on the touchline for German giants Bayern Munich.

It’s not much of an article but Falk makes it clear that Nagelsmann is the man to take over for Hansi Flick, who is expected to be the manager of the German National Team. Bayern Munich are going to get the hottest managerial candidate out there, but he won’t come cheap. Nagelsmann is under contract until 2023 to Leipzig will be due some compensation. Falk states that the fee could be up to £30m euros.

Spurs have been linked to Nagelsmann for a few months now but as soon as Flick was targeted for the national team job, it seemed like a lost cause. Bayern, being one of the few mega clubs in European football, are near impossible to say no to. Nagelsmann has also spoken multiple times of his desire to manage the club and how much his family loves Munich. In short, this was a no-brainer for him once the interest was there.

For Spurs, it’s back to the drawing board. Some names in recent weeks that the club has been linked to include Brendan Rodgers, Erik Ten Hag, Graham Potter, Eddie Howe, Roberto Martinez and Maurizio Sarri. Personally, those first two names jump out at me but I think Ten Hag is now my primary choice. The 51-year-old is currently enjoying a great stint at Ajax and, prior to that, was excellent at Utrecht. It would be a step up for the Dutch manager and Spurs may be hard pressed to find someone better. Rodgers is proven in the Premier League but Leicester aren’t going to let him go for cheap. If Spurs don’t get either of the first two, I have no idea who the best choice is. I’d rather not get too deep into the shortlist if at all possible and Spurs need to lock someone down as quickly as possible.