Bayern Munich have held talks with two-time Champions League winning coach Jupp Heynckes about taking the reins for a fourth time, the veteran coach has confirmed.
Willy Sagnol has been in temporary charge following the dismissal of Carlo Ancelotti last week, while Louis van Gaal, Luis Enrique and Thomas Tuchel have all been linked with the job.
But Heynckes, who steered Bayern to a famous treble in 2012/13 during his last spell in charge, revealed to Rheinische Post that chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic asked him to take over until the summer at a recent meeting.
"Many things were discussed," he said.
But while the offer is seemingly on the table, the 72-year-old has admitted that he is yet to make a decision and has raised the issue of not holding any coaching job since he last left Bayern.
"I have to analyse the whole thing first. Four and a half years have passed since I left Bayern and football has changed," Heynckes explained.
Like Heynckes, Van Gaal, Enrique and Tuchel would all be available now, but a short-term appointment for now points to a longer term ideal in the future.
Rheinische Post speculates that Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann remains the target as a more permanent appointment at the end of the season.
Heynckes first coached Bayern between 1987 and 1991 after starting his managerial career at Borussia Monchengladbach in the late 1970s. He later moved to Spain, guiding Real Madrid to Champions League glory in 1997/98, and returned to Germany in 2003.
Heynckes was briefly the interim boss at Bayern in 2009, before taking the job on a full-time basis two years later in 2011. When he left in 2013, it was with the intention of retiring.