Julien Nagelsmann, currently at RB Leipzig, would be Joan Laporta’s priority to become FC Barcelona’s new coach next season.
Ronald Koeman’s days on the FC Barcelona bench seem numbered. Appointed last summer to replace Quique Setien, the Dutch coach is uncertain about his future since the election of Joan Laporta as the club’s new president. The latter gave him his support, but until when? If he respects Koeman, that wouldn’t make it his priority to lead the team next season.
According to Cadena Ser, the new president wants to breathe a breath of fresh air and would make Julian Nagelsmann his number one target. The 33-year-old “gifted” coach is currently in charge of RB Leipzig where he is under contract until 2023. After performing miracles with Hoffenheim, he made Leipzig a sure bet in the Bundesliga and on the European stage with a presence in the semi-finals of the Champions League last season (defeat against PSG) and elimination in the round of 16 against Liverpool this season.
Koeman still in the race, but not on pole
However, Koeman’s fate would not yet be sealed. Laporta will be attentive to Barça’s results at the end of the season. He had made the trip to Paris for the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League on Wednesday. Beaten 4-1 at home in the first leg, Barça delivered a convincing collective performance against PSG without succeeding in reversing a very poorly embarked situation (1-1). But the team is reassured and remains in the race to sign a cup-championship double. Barça are currently second in Liga, six points behind leaders Atlético, and qualified for the Copa del Rey final. If he won both competitions, Koeman, under contract until 2022, would score points.
But that would not ensure his place on the bench for all that. In the spirit of Laporta and Mateu Alemany, who is expected to be the club’s next general manager, Nagelsmann is currently ahead of Koeman to coach Barca. The club is therefore preparing for a very eventful summer between the still uncertain future of Lionel Messi and a major overhaul of the workforce expected but impacted by the financial crisis affecting the club.