Bayern Munich have removed another name from their list of potential replacements for Niko Kovac.
Arsene Wenger reportedly contacted the managerless German giants to personally express his interest in becoming head coach but will not considered for the role.
Now back to winning ways, Bayern could even delay the naming of a new boss until the end of the season.
LEAD STORY – BAYERN DELIVER BAD NEWS FOR WENGER
Arsene Wenger’s hopes of coaching Bayern Munich have been dashed, according to Sport Bild.
A new report from the German publication claims the Bundesliga champions, while respectful of Wenger’s work at Arsenal, are not considering him for the job, despite his attempts to convince chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Interim boss Hansi Flick, who steered a wounded side to a 2-0 win over Olympiacos in the Champions League, could now remain in charge until the end of the season, when it will become easier to approach either Erik ten Hag or Thomas Tuchel.
– Kai Havertz’s future is becoming a matter of intense speculation. SPORT say Barcelona have strengthened their interest in the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder and sent scouts to watch him in the midweek Champions League win over Atletico Madrid. Havertz was linked with an £80million move to Manchester United earlier in the week.
– Havertz is not the only player on Barcelona’s radar. Spanish television programme El Chiringuito believes the LaLiga’s champions are interested in signing Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
– Arsenal, meanwhile, are preparing to part with Granit Xhaka in January after stripping him of the captaincy. The Mirror claims the former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder could be shipped back to Germany in the next transfer window.
– Manchester United have added Spain international Jose Gaya and his Valencia team-mates Ferran Torres and Carlos Soler to their list of transfer targets, reports Medios Deportivos.
– There is good news for United’s rivals Manchester City, who could welcome Leroy Sane back into the first-team fold in February, according to The Sun. Sane suffered a serious knee injury in the Community Shield in August.