Tottenham chief Daniel Levy dealt Julian Nagelsmann blow as Bayern Munich move close

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Bayern Munich have moved quickly to secure Julian Nagelsmann as their next manager thwarting any hopes Daniel Levy had of stealing him from under their nose.

The Tottenham chairman is a known long-term admirer of the 33-year-old nicknamed ‘Baby Mourinho’ and sacked the original Jose Mourinho just days after Hansi Flick announced he was leaving the Bundesliga leaders at the end of the season.

Bayern were always favourites to land the impressive RB Leipzig manager after he indicated his preference for now was to remain in Germany rather than strike out to the Premier League at this stage of his career.

Nagelsmann even has a house close to the city having grown up in Bavaria, but nothing has been left to chance and Munich quickly agreed personal terms with him over the weekend, according to Sky in Germany.

The deal does, however, have one surprise twist after Leipzig slapped a £21.8million compensation fee on his head – the highest ever valuation in German football.

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Negotiations are underway and it is not expected to be an insurmountable hurdle.

Ryan Mason is currently in charge with Spurs and oversaw Sunday’s Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City at Wembley.

Aymeric Laporte’s header eight minutes from time was enough for City to win the competition for the fourth successive season.

Spurs remain trophyless since 2008 with Son Heung-min left in tears at the full-time whistle.

Mason said: “I think we saw today that there is top professionals in this group.

“We saw that Wednesday [in the 2-1 Premier League win vs Southampton] the way they’ve reacted.

“Their professionalism is top so, there’s no doubt that this group of players are top, top guys.

“So, we are disappointed. It hurts, it hurts me, it hurts the players, I’m sure it hurts our fans and everyone associated with the football club.

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“It’s tough to take losing the cup final but we have things to play for.

“We have a really important fixture next week, we have to get over this as soon as possible and start preparing for that.”

Spurs return to action against already-relegated Sheffield United, propping up the Premier League table, on Sunday (7.15pm).

The north Londoners are currently seventh and five points behind rivals Chelsea in fourth, with Mason’s side facing Leeds United, Wolves, Aston Villa and Leicester after taking on the Blades.

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