The manager FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich will try to appoint this summer

FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich target the same manager after linked with Xabi Alonso.

By Emmanuel Mendez

Both Barca and Bayern wants this manager from the Premier League in case they don't get Xabi Alonso.
Both Barca and Bayern wants this manager from the Premier League in case they don't get Xabi Alonso.
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FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich are two of the biggest clubs that will look for a new manager this season and ahead of next season. Xavi Hernandez is still certain to leave this summer and take a break, while Thomas Tuchel is confirmed to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season. Both Barca and Bayern Munich were targeting Xabi Alonso as their new coach for next season. Barca appointing Alonso seems unlikely, while Bayern faces competition with Liverpool to bring in Xabi Alonso this summer.

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Bayern Munich has just appointed Max Eberl as the new board member of sport. Eberl has experience as a sporting director and almost appointed Xabi Alonso at Borussia Monchengladbach. Eberl spoke to the press and mentioned what he wants from the new Bayern manager and the team.

Eberl said, "We want a coach who fits with the club and its ambitions - who also fits with the ideas that Christoph [Bayern sporting director] and I have about the squad. Players like Tel and Musiala are young players who need to play. Other big clubs like Real Madrid managed to integrate Camavinga and Tchouameni into a midfield with Kroos, Modric, and Casemiro. That's the sort of coach we need. We need a coach who wants to work with these kinds of players. Language? He has to speak a language that we all speak, German or English. It's a criterion but not an excluding one. There are candidates."

One of the big names is Roberto De Zerbi, who is a manager that Eberl likes for Bayern Munich. FC Barcelona has reportedly identified De Zerbi as the main candidate to replace Xavi at Barca. De Zerbi is rumored to leave Brighton and Hove Albion this summer and will have his options open, including a move to Barca or Bayern Munich.

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De Zerbi has a release clause that can affect which club appoints him

Florian Plettenberg from Sky Sports Germany reports that Roberto De Zerbi is one of the coaches being discussed as a possible alternative to Xabi Alonso. Max Eberl has a very positive opinion of the Italian. De Zerbi has a release clause that can be activated in the summer. He's also highly regarded at Barcelona.

Sport reports that De Zerbi knows what he has to do if he wants to come to Barça this summer: fight to get the letter of freedom. Barça can't afford to pay his $15 million release clause.

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