Reports coming in from England and Germany indicate that Julian Nagelsmann could become the next coach of Tottenham Hotspur if they present a plan on their Harry Kane dilemma.
Nagelsmann is currently taking a break from management but could return to the dugout with the North London side, who are working on a deal that they hope will convince him. The young tactician, however, is believed to be more interested in hearing how they intend to solve the problem of Kane’s continuity at the club.
Kane has one year left on his contract and Spurs are looking for ways to tie him down to an extended one. The 29-year-old has not paid much heed to the extension talks, however, as he is focused on helping the team finish strong in the Premier League this season.
They could be out of the top six for the first time in almost a decade should things continue the way they are in the league until May 28. That will be a massive failure for Kane, whose goal record and lack of titles to show for it has caused a lot of people to question his ambitions as a player.
Manchester United and Bayern Munich are believed to be looking to sign the England Three Lions captain in the summer. Real Madrid have also been reported at one time to have made some enquiries about the possibility of signing him and having him be a replacement for Karim Benzema, who will be 36 by the end of the year.
It is believed that Kane is leaning more towards an exit, having drawn close to his thirties and without a major trophy to his name despite his goal record. This presents a problem for Spurs in their pursuit of Nagelsmann, who is believed to be considering moving to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium if he can get the opportunity to work with Kane.
Nagelsmann also wants assurances from the club about how they intend to invest in transfers, which follows from the issues that the club’s last three long-term managers Antonio Conte, José Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino complained about.
It remains to be seen what the Daniel Levy-led board will come up with to convince Nagelsmann especially in the area of transfers, which has caused a rift between him and other managers who worked for the club in the recent past.
Spurs, meanwhile, will be hoping to get back into the top six at least when they take on Crystal Palace on Saturday in the Premier League.