Bayern Munich have broken the world record transfer fee for a manager after reportedly agreeing the €25 million demanded by RB Leipzig for the release of manager Julian Nagelsmann, according to reports.
Nagelsmann became the clear favourite to take over the Bayern Munich job after Hansi Flick announced his decision to step down at the end of the season. However, RB Leipzig’s demand of € 25 million along with some bonuses seemed to be a stumbling block in getting Nagelsmann into the Bayern dugout. The situation appears to have been resolved, as Bayern did not think twice about paying this extravagant fee for the 33-year-old.
The fee paid to RB Leipzig eclipses the €16 million that Chelsea paid for Andre Villas-Boas to sign him from FC Porto in 2011.
A fan of Bayern since his young days, Nagelsmann entered the coaching scene a lot earlier than usual. His playing days never really kicked off due to several injuries. A premature end to his playing days led to an early entry into the coaching scenario. After taking over as the manager of Hoffenheim in 2016, Nagelsmann immediately made a strong impression. After three years at the Rhein Neckar Arena, he joined RB Leipzig in 2019. If the spell at Hoffenheim was impressive for a new manager, he certainly came to the fore at RB Leipzig, where he holds a win rate of almost 60%.
Despite not winning any major trophies in his career so far, Nagelsmann has proven his quality by taking his RB Leipzig team – on a modest budget – to great heights – including the Champions League semi-final last season.
Bayern will be getting their man after three years of hard pursuit. This bold decision from the Die Roten could see them make a base for the future, as Nagelsmann is one of the youngest coaches at the top level of the game.