(ESPN)-Following a compensation deal with RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich has appointed Julian Nagelsmann as their new boss.
Nagelsmann, 33, has agreed to a contract extension with the Bundesliga champions until 2026. Bayern Munich has paid Leipzig compensation, which according to ESPN sources is a world record for a boss, surpassing the €15 million Chelsea paid Porto for Andre Villas-Boas in 2011.
Nagelsmann is expected to replace Hansi Flick, who asked Bayern to release him from his contract earlier this month after a squabble with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic over the Bundesliga champions’ transfer policy and ideology.
Following the dismissal of Niko Kovac in November 2019, Flick took over as Bayern Munich manager and guided the club to a Champions League, Bundesliga, and DFB-Pokal treble. When he added the German Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup to his trophy cabinet, he became just the second manager in history to win six trophies in a single calendar year. With national team manager Joachim Low stepping down after the European Championship this summer, he may now take over as Germany’s coach.
Sources close to Nagelsmann told ESPN on Friday that he was open to negotiation from the Premier League, where Tottenham is searching for a successor for Jose Mourinho. Nagelsmann has decided to take over his third Bundesliga club, Bayern Munich, after Bayern made a bid.
Nagelsmann took over Leipzig from TSG Hoffenheim in 2019 and guided them to the Champions League semifinals in his first season.
On Friday, Leipzig will face Werder Bremen in a DFB-Pokal semifinal, with Nagelsmann hoping to lead Leipzig to their first major title. In the final, the winner is likely to face Borussia Dortmund, who will face second-tier side Holstein Kiel.
Jesse Marsch, who manages another Red Bull team, FC Salzburg, is one of the frontrunners to succeed Nagelsmann at Leipzig.
Meanwhile, Leipzig announced on Monday that sporting director Markus Krosche’s contract had been discontinued a year before it was due to expire.
The 40-year-old had been at Leipzig for two years and had been rumored to be leaving for a few months. After Fredi Bobic’s decision to reunite with his capital-based family and join Hertha Berlin, he has been linked with Eintracht Frankfurt, who are searching for a new sporting executive.
With Nagelsmann’s move to Munich, five of the Bundesliga’s top seven teams will have a new manager for the 2021-22 season: Bayern, Leipzig, Wolfsburg, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, and Borussia Monchengladbach.