Bayern Munich close to agreeing deal for Vincent Kompany

Bayern Munich are close to agreeing a deal with Burnley to appoint Vincent Kompany as the new head coach of the first team.
Bayern Munich close to agreeing deal with Burnley for Vincent Kompany.
Bayern Munich close to agreeing deal with Burnley for Vincent Kompany. / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Bayern Munich are finally reaching the end of a tedious search for a new coach. The Bavarian club has identified Burnley’s Vincent Kompany as their top target to replace Thomas Tuchel after missing out on Xabi Alonso, Julian Nagelsmann, Ralf Rangnick, and Oliver Glasner.

According to The Athletic, Guardian, and The Daily Telegraph, Bayern are in advanced talks with Burnley over compensation for Kompany. The Bavarian club has already agreed personal terms with the Belgian coach. Kompany wants to bring the majority of his backroom staff to Die Roten.

SportBild’s Christian Falk is reporting that Bayern wants to announce a deal for Kompany by the end of the week. The former Manchester City defender emerged as one of the leading contenders for Die Roten after they failed to reach an agreement with Tuchel to continue as head coach.

Kompany helped Burnley get promotion to the Premier League last season by playing an attractive brand of football. The English club amassed 101 points last season to win the Championship. However, Kompany failed to keep Burnley in the Premier League this year, finishing 19th in the points table.

The former Manchester City defender previously worked as head coach at Anderlecht before returning to England. Kompany doesn’t have coaching experience in the Bundesliga, but he had a successful stint at Hamburg as a player.

It is a risky and bold choice from Bayern after missing out on several big names. Kompany has shown at Burnley that he can implement an attractive style of football. It will be intriguing to see how he does with more quality in his squad at Bayern.

Kompany will need significant support from the structure above him to bring Bayern on track in the Bundesliga. They had long-term plans with Julian Nagelsmann but couldn’t stick to it at the first hurdle in 2023. Considering the inexperience of Kompany, Bayern will have to show patience and create the ideal environment for him to succeed.

The Bavarian club finished third in the league this season, ending the campaign without a trophy for the first time in 12 years. Die Roten are planning a squad overhaul in the summer after several poor performances under Thomas Tuchel. Kompany will have a significant role in the club’s decisions regarding the futures of senior players. After completing the deal for Kompany this week, Bayern will switch their attention to transfers and contract negotiations with several senior players in the squad.