Nagelsmann requests Leeds, Liverpool target as first Bayern signing
Julian Nagelsmann is believed to have handed Bayern Munich a list of three transfer wishes this summer – with much-fancied Leeds and Liverpool target Teun Koopmeiners at the very top.
The 33-year-old leaves RB Leipzig after two seasons in charge and will succeed Hansi Flick at the Allianz Arena. Nagelsmann will take up the Bayern reigns from July 1. It is understood Bayern have paid a “world-record” £26m compensation fee to land him. He has signed a five-year deal through to summer 2026.
Nagelsmann has spoken of the difficult choice he had to make to quit Leipzig for Bayern. However, it’s reported that plans are already underway for a triple Bayern transfer assault this summer designed to keep them on top in Germany.
Now, according to Fijaches, Nagelsmann has handed his new bosses at Bayern his three summer transfer wishes ahead of his move.
Top of his wanted list is AZ Alkmaar’s much-coveted midfielder Koopmeiners.
The 23-year-old midfielder has caught the eye over the past couple of seasons after some inspired performances in the Eredivisie. Capable of playing as a No 8 or as a defensive midfielder, Koopmeiners recently earned his first senior cap for Holland.
Those displays also saw him rewarded with the AZ captaincy at the tender age of 22. However, his stay at the AFAS Stadium could end this summer with a number of sides all keen to land him.
Indeed, while AZ rate him highly, it’s widely believed an offer of €20m will convince them to sell. He has a contract until 2023 and this summer is seen as the ideal time to cash in.
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Leeds United, looking for midfield reinforcements, were thought to be leading that chase. They have looked a little light in that department this season and particularly when Kalvin Phillips has been absent.
He was identified by director of football Victor Orta last summer and is a player Leeds have kept a close watch on since.
Leeds though are not alone and he was recently mentioned as a possible target for Liverpool. They are likely to be in the market for a new midfielder this summer with Georginio Wijnaldum likely to leave as a free agent.
However, news that Nagelsmann wants him too will cause a serious dent to both Premier League clubs’ prospects.
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Nagelsmann also wants Boadu, Mukiele
As per Fijaches, Nagelsmann is also keen to bring Nordi Mukiele with him from RB Leipzig.
The Frenchman is capable of playing across the defence though is most comfortable at full-back. He’s viewed as the best replacement for the departing David Alaba.
The France U21 international has been a regular for Leipzig since a €16m move from Montpellier in 2019, making 108 appearances.
The incoming Bayern boss has also set his sights on AZ striker Myron Boadu. Known as something of a goal poacher, Boadu has notched 27 goals in 65 appearances for Alkmaar. He had been identified by Nagelsmann as a target for Leipzig, but now wants him at Bayern.
The thinking is that Boadu could be a long-term successor to Robert Lewandowski. The 20-year-old has one Holland cap to his name.
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