Bayern Munich have paid RB Leipzig between 25 and 30 million euros to sign Julian Nagelsmann, according to sources close to the deal. The coach will move to the hegemonic club in Germany in June after the termination of the contract that bound him to Leipzig until 2023, an operation that makes him the most expensive coach in football history. Bayern made it official this morning to complete an unusual process, considering that it is about to win its second Bundesliga in a row thanks to the direction of Hansi Flick, the coach responsible for obtaining the sextet of titles with the Bavarian club last year. Flick reported two weeks ago that he wanted to leave Bayern, a circumstance that makes him another unique case: he is the first coach to leave the Bavarian club of his own free will and with a current contract.
The news that the negotiations between Bayern and Leipzig were bearing fruit began to circulate in the German media after the last day of the Bundesliga, last Sunday. Leipzig, owner of the coach’s federative rights until 2023, has agreed to Nagelsmann’s request to leave his bench to sign for Bayern, the club of which he declares himself a supporter. Nagelsmann hails from Landsberg, a small district near Munich, and on more than one occasion he has confessed that his professional “dreams” almost always include Bayern. The interest of the club chaired by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is not new: this is the third time that he has tried to hire the coach, after the then sports director, Michael Reschke, proposed him as head of the reserve team in 2015. At that time Nagelsmann had a contract with the Hoffenheim, who refused the operation.
Bayern’s triumph over Mainz (2-1) and Leipzig’s victory against Stuttgart (2-0) this weekend place Bayern practically as champions and ensure Leipzig participation in the next Champions League. The results have allowed the two clubs to begin to reveal what until now had the status of rumor. Leipzig, who had denied any possibility of releasing their coach, now filter that they are setting him a record price. The amount requested far exceeds the € 15 million that Chelsea paid Porto for Villas-Boas in 2011.
In Germany, a country with a boom in coaches, the benches are registering unprecedented transfers this season. Marco Rose was acquired by Dortmund in January after paying Mönchengladbach 5 million, after which Mönchengladbach seized Adi Hutter’s services by paying Eintracht his rights for 7 million.
The 33-year-old Nagelsmann is considered the most promising of the German school’s new wave of coaches since he made his First Division debut for Hoffenheim in 2016. A year ago, the Bavarian coach led Leipzig to the first Champions League semi-final. of its history. Nagelsmann qualified Leipzig for the Champions League as third in the table in his first season, 2018-19, and in the next two he has contested Bayern for the title. Now Leizpig is about to complete the course as second-placed in the Bundesliga for the first time in its history.