RB Leipzig are unlikely to sanction Julian Nagelasmann’s departure before the end of the season but do have a ready-made replacement manager according to Sky Sports.
The 33-year-old is widely considered as one of the best young managers in Europe and has attracted a lot of attention with since his spell at Hoffenheim.
Not only he helped Hoffenheim avoid relegation, but he also led them to their first-ever Champions League qualification for the first time in their history in 2017.
And he has proved it was not a fluke — he also took Leipzig to their first-ever Champions League semi-final last season.
He has yet to win anything as a manager, but obviously anyone would find it difficult to dethrone Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga.
Unsurprisingly, Nagelsmann is reportedly among the top names on Chelsea’s manager shortlist.
However, Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff would not sanction the manager’s departure if Chelsea were to sack Frank Lampard, according to Sky Sports.
That makes sense since Leipzig currently sit second in the Bundesliga, just four points behind Bayern and are pushing for the title.
The report also mentioned that Leipzig already have a potential replacement in mind in Red Bull Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch, who had a spell as an assistant manager at Leipzig before.
Interestingly, being part of the same RB group, Leipzig would not have to pay compensation costs if they decided to appoint Marsch.
An earlier report from The Athletic claims Chelsea are likely to hire a German-speaking manager if Lampard were to leave which would make Nagelsmann an ideal option.
He might also be able to bring the best out of Timo Werner and perhaps even Kai Havertz who have been struggling in their first season at Chelsea.
But some would have reservations about his ability to manage a squad full of internationals and deal with the pressure at Chelsea.
Would he even have the time to implement his style? Because at Chelsea, it eventually comes down to winning trophies.