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Arsene Wenger seen as favorite to take over at Bayern

By Rune Gjerulff

Arsene Wenger is reportedly seen as the favorites to take over the job as Bayern München coach.

Arsene Wenger.
Arsene Wenger.Photo: Ronnie Macdonald/Creative Commons/CC-by-SA 2.0

Arsene Wenger has emerged as the main candidate to take over the job as Bayern München coach, according to Sport Bild.

Bayern are looking for a new coach who can speak German, as per the report, which claims former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri isn't an option as he doesn't live up to the criteria.

Wenger, on the other hand, is a German speaker. The 70-year-old would be available right away and has reportedly made it known to the Bayern bosses that he would be up to the task.

The former Arsenal manager would be able to bring experience to the team – just as Jupp Heynckes did when he took over from Carlo Ancelotti in September 2017.

Wenger would be willing to sign a short-term deal until the summer when Bayern could potentially bring in a long-term solution such as Erik ten Hag from Ajax or Thomas Tuchel from Paris Saint-Germain who have both made it clear that they won't be leaving their respective clubs during this season.

When asked on Tuesday if he would be interested in the job as Bayern coach, Wenger told beIN SPORTS:

"Of course. Coaching is what was my whole life until now. Everybody who has coached will tell you the same. You miss the intensity. Some things you miss big and some things you don't miss. So I enjoyed the things I don't miss too much. But on the other hand, football games, winning football games, preparing a team for games and developing players, getting satisfaction and sharing emotions are things that you miss."

Bayern have shown an interest in Ralf Rangnick too, but the former RB Leipzig sporting director and coach has turned down the chance of managing the Bavarians, according to a report from Bild on Wednesday.

"No, Ralf Rangnick is not available. We don't believe that what Ralf Rangnick brings is what Bayern are looking for. And therefore it makes no sense to open concrete negotiations," Rangnick's agent, Mark Kosicke, told Bild.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been mentioned as a possible candidate as well. Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic is known to be a big fan of the 47-year-old and has previously been in contact with him, but Pochettino hasn't signaled that he would be interested in taking the job.

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