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Laporta lines up German boss to replace Koeman

New Barça president lines up German boss as Koeman's replacement

March 11, 2021 By Oscar Rojas
According to reports in Spain, the new president is ready to make a managerial change despite the huge termination clause included in the Dutch boss' contract.

Ronald Koeman may win the Copa del Rey and La Liga, but that may not be enough to keep his coaching job at Camp Nou.

The Dutch boss may be living his final months with Los Blaugranas, especially since new president Joan Laporta has reportedly set his sights on a new boss to lead his project starting this summer. According to Cadena Ser, the new president has identified Julian Nagelsmann as the man that will lead Los Culés in years to come.

The report revealed today suggests that Laporta's wish to let Koeman leave would be caused by one simple fact: Koeman was hired by Josep Maria Bartomeu. The new boss does not seem keen on keeping any of the coaches or players hired by Bartomeu, and firing Koeman, despite their good relationship, would be the first step.

Spanish journalist Manu Carreño revealed even more details about Nagelsmann's link to Barcelona.

"Laporta respects Koeman, but he would not have hired him to lead a new project. He could still be around for next season, but Laporta would like to have another coach at the helm, and the one at the top of his list is Nagelsmann," Carreño said.

The Dutch manager signed a two-year deal with Barcelona, which expires by the end of the 2021-22 season. If things remain as they stand, Laporta will have to make a crucial decision before the end of this campaign, since firing Koeman will be quite costly for the new front office, according to a clause included in the coach's contract.

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