Transfer expert says manager has ‘been offered’ to Spurs as Mourinho replacement

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Transfer expert, Duncan Castles has revealed that RB Leipzig boss Julien Nagelsmann is ready to take over the Tottenham Hotspur job at the end of the season if the North London club want him.

Pressure has been mounting on Jose Mourinho on the back of the club’s poor run of form over the last two months.

There have been some suggestions that Spurs are looking at Nagelsmann as a possible replacement, with the German coach said to have a lot of admirers at Tottenham.

Mourinho cut a defiant figure in his press conference on Tuesday, suggesting that he is more motivated than ever to succeed at Spurs despite the recent downturn in results.

However, that has not stopped speculation linking the club with a move for the Leipzig boss.

Castles has now revealed that Naglesmann was one of the coaches Spurs were looking at as a possible replacement for Mauricio Pochettino last season. He also stated that the 33-year-old has been offered to Spurs for the end of the season.

The journalist said on The Transfer Window Podcast: “I can tell you that my information is that Julian Nagelsmann, who was a candidate to replace Mauricio Pochettino before Mourinho was hired, and is admired by Tottenham’s board.

“I can tell you that he has been offered to Tottenham as a replacement for Mourinho, I understand it’s for the summer, not mid-season.

“Nagelsmann would not like to leave Leipzig while they’re still in the Champions League and in a position of relative success in the Bundesliga. That is obviously going to be a very tempting proposition for Daniel Levy.”

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Levy is a pragmatic operator who often does not hesitate to make ruthless decisions if he feels it is in the best interest of the club. So, if it is indeed true that Naglesmann wants the Tottenham job, that is not very good news for Mourinho’s future at Spurs.

One does get the feeling that the Spurs chairman has a lot of trust in Mourinho but with a top-four finish now looking unlikely, the Portuguese coach might have to win silverware this season to keep his job.

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