Bayern Munich have held secret meetings with former Spain and Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui, report El Mundo Deportivo.
Lopetegui has been out of work since being dismissed by Madrid at the end of October following a 5-1 El Clasico loss against Barcelona – leaving the club languishing in ninth place in La Liga after ten matches.
His appointment at the outgoing European champions came in acrimonious circumstances, coming on the eve of the World Cup, where he was set to manage the Spanish national team.
The Spanish FA took the decision to dismiss Lopetegui two days before their opener against Portugal, after his appointment by Madrid was announced without their knowledge.
This fresh report claims Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has flown to Madrid to speak to Lopetegui with a view to him replacing the under-fire Niko Kovac in the role this summer.
It continues that the pull of working with players such as Thiago Alcantara – who Lopetegui coached at Spain Under-21 level – would be enough for the Coach to be open to the idea.