Manchester United and Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Jurgen Klopp, after the German Federation identified the Borussia Dortmund boss as the man to replace Joachim Low as national coach, reports the Daily Mail.
The 46-year-old was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League during the summer, having guided his current club to back-to-back Bundesliga titles, and the Champions League final last season.
Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement at Old Trafford prompted Manchester United officials to enquire about Klopp's availability, but having seen their advances turned down, opted instead to appoint David Moyes as first-team manager.
Chelsea meanwhile orchestrated the return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge, following the end of Rafa Benitez's interim spell in west London. However, that wasn't until the Blues had also been turned down by Klopp's representatives, who insisted that the in-demand tactician was happy at the Westfalenstadion.
Despite Manchester United and Chelsea appointing new managers, both clubs are understood to retain interest in Klopp, and so will be disappointed to hear that he is being lined up for the Germany national team job.
Only last week, Low signed a new contract with the German Federation until 2016, but it's believed that senior officials have already pencilled Klopp in as the man to succeed him in three years time.