Tottenham have been left behind in the race to land RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann after it emerged it will take a “world-record” £26m compensation fee to land him.
The highly-rated German coach is Daniel Levy’s top target to replace Jose Mourinho, according to The Independent. Mourinho was relieved of his duties last on Monday morning. With less than a week to go before the Carabao Cup final Ryan Mason was handed the reins for the remainder of the campaign. Levy explained the decision to sack Mourinho in a statement.
There was no instant dividend though on Sunday as Spurs were beaten 1-0 at Wembley in the League Cup final. And to make matters worse for Levy, German giants Bayern Munich have now approached Nagelsmann.
Bayern are looking for a replacement for Hansi Flick, who confirmed he was leaving this summer. Flick is expected to take over from Joachim Low as boss of the national team after the Euros. That will leave Bayern with a vacant hot seat.
German journalist Manuel Bonke of Munich-based newspaper Tz, says the Bundesliga giants have initiated talks with Leipzig. Goal also report Bayern Munich are keen on 33-year-Nagelsmann.
The Independent also carry the story that Bayern and Nagelsmann have started preliminary talks. They also suggest Nagelsmann has “told Leipzig he wants to leave” for his dream job in Bavaria.
The young coach has gone on record saying he “does not want to go to war” with Leipzig. However, the Red Bull empire are apparently resigned to losing him.
‘World-record’ fee for a manager
Nagelsmann last week reiterated he had not been in contact with the Bundesliga champions.
“On Twitter, I saw a few funny messages by our fans which journalist will be the first to ask a question on yesterday’s hotspot topic. That’s why I’ll answer that before we start. Nothing has happened since the last presser,” Nagelsmann said
Earlier this month, Nagelsmann said “there have been no talks and there are no talks” with Bayern.
The Independent claim it will cost €15m to land the former Hoffenheim coach, but Goal and German outlet Spox say it will be closer to €30m. A “world-record” fee for a coach, according to the Daily Mirror.
That fee may well have put off Levy, who now looks poised to turn his search elsewhere.
Nuno Espirito Santo, Brendan Rodgers, Graham Potter, Roberto Martinez and Scott Parker have all been mentioned as targets. Those types may well fit into the “project” manager mould, which The Independent claims is now Levy’s preference.