PSG on the verge of appointing Julian Nagelsmann

Julian Nagelsmann, PSG
Julian Nagelsmann, PSG / Oliver Kremer at Pixolli Studios/GettyImages

PSG have made significant advances in their decision process about who will be named the successor of the departing Christophe Galtier at the helm of Paris Saint-Germain. One name has emerged of late, and everything points toward his imminent hiring. That's former Bayern Munich head coach Julian Nagelsmann.

Despite offers from Chelsea and later being ruled out for the Tottenham job, Nagelsmann has now engaged in talks with PSG and he's considered to be in pole position to replace Christophe Galtier as their manager next season.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, "positive contact has been established between the two parties," bringing them closer to reaching a deal that might be announced by the end of the weekend along with the official statement touching on Galtier's sacking.

Nagelsmann, who was also linked with the Napoli position in parallel to the rumors involving him and PSG, was dismissed by Bayern earlier this year due to the club's inconsistent performances following the World Cup, but not before eliminating Paris from the Champions League's Round of 16.

Despite his departure from the German giants, Nagelsmann's tenure at Bayern was marked by success, including winning the Bundesliga in the 2021-22 season and clinching two DFL-Super Cups, as well as positioning them high enough in the standings for Thomas Tuchel to take the reins of the team after Naglesmann was fired to eventually win another Bundesliga.

Galtier, despite securing the 11th championship for the club during the 2022-23 league campaign in a season for the books (literally), is expected to get the ax before anyone is announced as the new manager of PSG. Galtier's failure to get past the Champions League first knockout round pretty much sealed his fate.

Although Zinedine Zidane was considered one of the frontrunners for the position and he is still the no. 1 target of QSI to eventually appoint as manager of PSG down the road of their ownership of the club, it's believed that Zidane has purportedly declined multiple offers from the French giants, reports the Daily Mail.

Nagelsmann, on the other hand, expressed an interest in taking over the Parisian bench while bringing former Arsenal FC legend and French world champion Thierry Henry as his assistant. That said, there are conflicting reports about the levels of interest Henry has in playing second fiddle to Nagelsmann.

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Following disappointing exits in both the French Cup and the Champions League's Round of 16 that surely blurred the Ligue 1 triumph, PSG's search for a new coach is of paramount importance. It's hard to fall below the line set by Galtier, though, so whether the man appointed is Nagelsmann (not the best manager out there) or a better/worse manager, the truth is that he will have a nice chance of overtaking Galtier in the records of PSG nearly without breaking a single sweat.