Report: Spurs want Nagelsmann but now face a ‘significant stumbling block’

Julian Nagelsmann is thought to be on a four-man shortlist for the Tottenham Hotspur job, but his wage demands could prove to be a stumbling block.

Tottenham are looking for another new permanent manager, after parting ways with Antonio Conte at the end of last month.

His former assistant Cristian Stellini took over as interim coach initially, but was relieved of his duties after a 6-1 defeat against Newcastle United on Sunday.

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Ryan Mason will be Acting Head Coach until the end of the current season, at which point a permanent appointment is expected.

Nagelsmann is currently on gardener’s leave from his previous role at Bayern Munich, and is thought to have his full attention on securing the job at Tottenham (Sport BILD).

Journalist Pedro Almeida recently claimed an agreement between Nagelsmann and Spurs had never been as close as it is now, suggesting the 35-year-old could be set to take up the post in North London.

Now, the latest from The Telegraph puts Nagelsmann firmly in the mix, with a four-man shortlist thought to be under consideration and the German coach at the top of the list.

Despite their strong interest in Nagelsmann, the report claims Spurs have come up against a “significant stumbling block,” as the former Bayern coach is looking likely to be a “very expensive option” due to the German club’s need for compensation if he is hired.

Apparently, there is a “limit” to what Spurs are willing to pay, but Bayern are also expected to “dig their heels in” when it comes to the finer financial details.

Bayern Munich are still paying Nagelsmann’s €12 million (£10.6 million) annual salary despite parting ways with the head coach back in March.

As a result, it is assumed there will need to be “compromise on the financial commitment” on Daniel Levy’s behalf.

The report adds that Nagelsmann is definitely interested in the role. There is no mention of the other three names on the shortlist.

Spurs Web Opinion

I know we can’t keep throwing money at big-name managers, but Julian Nagelsmann really does feel like a perfect fit for our project right now and we should do what it takes to get him.

Then, he needs to be given the resources to rebuild the squad and get rid of the deadwood, quickly.

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