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Report: Julian Nagelsmann trying to pry Sebastian Rudy away from Schalke

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While he’s still managing Hoffenheim, the future RB Leipzig manager has his eye on the bigger picture.

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 11: Sebastian Rudy of Bayern Muenchen before UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Bayern Muenchen and Sevilla FC at Allianz Arena on April 11, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 11: Sebastian Rudy of Bayern Muenchen before UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Bayern Muenchen and Sevilla FC at Allianz Arena on April 11, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
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As the German transfer deadline day comes ever closer, the Sebastian Rudy transfer saga doesn’t seem to losing any steam. It comes down to two clubs — Schalke and RB Leipzig, who want to acquire the services of the Bayern Munich midfielder. Conflicting reports over the past few weeks indicate that neither team is close to breaking the stalemate.

Now, it looks like Julian Nagelsmann — Rudy’s former boss at Hoffenheim — might be set to tip the scales. According to Sport Bild (via TZ), Nagelsmann has been in constant communication with Rudy, trying to convince him to join RB Leipzig. If this sounds strange to you, remember that Naglesmann has confirmed that he will join Leipzig at the end of this season, Ralf Rangnick is only there as a caretaker. The Hoffenheim manager is just trying to secure his future.

For Rudy, it seems like a difficult choice. Reportedly, Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco has already contacted him and convinced him of his plans, but the opportunity to work with the manager under whom he played his best football must also be very enticing. Rudy is already 28, so this is likely to be the last big move of his career. This choice isn’t one that can be made on a whim.

From Bayern’s perspective, it’s very simple. Regardless of which team is chosen, the Bavarians stand to make a tidy profit over a midfielder they acquired for free a year ago.