Discussions between Bayern Munich and Arsene Wenger broke down when the Frenchman made it clear he would not join a short-term contract, according to reports.
Bayern are without a boss after sacking Niko Kovac and have been linked with a host of top tacticians, including former Arsenal manager Wenger.
Ralf Rangnick has already denied Bayern and Wenger became the last name struck off the German’s applicants list on Thursday.
ESPN claim there were talks with Wenger and the club proved Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge spoke to the 70-year-old on the phone on Wednesday.
Bayern Munich told Bild: ‘Arsene Wenger called Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Wednesday afternoon and signalled his fundamental interest in the position at Bayern.
‘FC Bayern highly value Arsene Wenger’s work at Arsenal, but he is not an option to become head coach at FC Bayern.’
The main problem was Wenger was not interested in any suggestion that would see him only take charge until the end of the campaign.
Bayern are careful about appointing a long-term successor so quickly and want a coach to take over for the rest of the season.
Wenger desires to take on a new project and made that clear to Bayern after their opening suggestion, which prompted the club their interest.
Bayern appointed Hansi Flick as caretaker manager and are considering their options after Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel, Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, and ex-RB Leipzig boss Rangnick ruled themselves out of the running.
Xabi Alonso is another alternative, with the Spaniard managing Real Sociedad B and ex-Bayern player.