RB Leipzig Transfer Round-up: January 27-31

The transfer window has now slammed shut. Despite considerable interest from throughout Europe, RB Leipzig have managed to hold onto key players meanwhile adding to Julian Nagelsmann’s arsenal in hope of aiding a push for an inaugural Bundesliga title.

In total, Die Roten Bullen made three signings, including a summer arrival, three have left permanently, while three departed on temporary deals. Red Bull Hub will take you through the final week of arrivals, departures and rumours in the January transfer window.


Name: Angeliño | Age: 23 | Club: Manchester City | Nationality: Spain | Position: left-back | Fee: N/A | Contract: 6 months (loan)

RB Leipzig have signed former Spain Under-21 left-back, Angeliño, on a loan from Manchester City until the end of the season, which reportedly includes an option to purchase him in the summer for €30 million. Since the Premier League champions activated his buy-back clause in the summer, the 23-year-old has found game time limited this season and has only 11 appearances across four competitions, assisting twice.


Name: Jean-Kévin Augustin | Age: 22 | Club: Leeds United | Nationality: France | Position: centre-forward | Fee: £1.75 million (reported) |Contract: 6 months (loan)

Jean-Kévin Augustin’s loan deal with Monaco has come to an early end as he has moved onto pastures new. On Monday, Leeds United announced the signing of Augustin on an initial loan until the end of the season with an option to buy in the summer. Leeds have reportedly agreed to pay an initial loan fee of £1.75 million, the entirety of his wages, and should they secure promotion to the Premier League, Leipziger Volkszeitung reports that the club is obligated to purchase him for €21 million in the summer.

Jean-Kévin Augustin puts pen to paper to sign for Leeds United despite reported late interest from Manchester United. Photo: Leeds United.
Name: Matheus Cunha | Age: 20 | Club: Hertha Berlin | Nationality: Brazil | Position: centre-forward | Fee: €15 million plus add-ons (reported) | Contract: 4-and-a-half years

After a while of flirting with a departure from the club, Matheus Cunha has secured a move to Hertha Berlin for a reported €15 million plus undisclosed add-ons. The 20-year-old underwent a medical while on duty with Brazil Under-23 at the CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament and signed a contract with the Berlin club until 2024 on Friday.

Matheus Cunha became Hertha Berlin’s fourth acquisition of the window, signing on a four-and-a-half-year deal. Photo: Twitter.com/HerthaBSC_EN.
Name: Stefan Ilsanker | Age: 30 | Club: Eintracht Frankfurt | Nationality: Austria | Position: defensive midfield | Fee: €500,000 (reported) | Contract: 2-and-a-half years

The transfer saga surrounding Stefan Ilsanker has come to a close. After expressing a desire earlier in the month to leave in order to increase his chances of selection for this summer’s European Championship, the club has allowed him to reunite with former coach at Red Bull Salzburg, Adi Hütter, at Eintracht Frankfurt and he has signed a contract until 2022. Die Roten Bullen will receive a reported €500,000 for the transfer.

Stefan Ilsanker reunites with former coach, Adi Hütter, whom he worked under in the Red Bull Akademie then as a senior player at Red Bull Salzburg in 2015/16, a season in which he made 45 appearances. Photo: Twitter.com/Eintracht.
Name: Elias Abouchabaka | Age: 19 | Club: Vitória | Nationality: Germany | Position: attacking midfield | Fee: N/A | Contract: 4-and-a-half years

Elias Abouchabaka’s two-year loan with Greuther Fürth was cut short six-months prematurely in mid-January and on the final day of the window, he made the next step in his career by signing a four-and-a-half-year contract with Portuguese club, Vitória, for an undisclosed fee.

Rumoured Arrivals

Name: Robin Koch | Age: 23 | Club: Freiburg | Nationality: Germany | Position: centre-back | Offer: N/A | Interested clubs: N/A | Source: Kicker, Badische Zeitung, Florian Plettenberg (Sport1)

In a last-minute push for defensive reinforcements, Leipzig made advances to sign Freiburg centre-back, Robin Koch. It was initially reported by Kicker that talks were underway, the club was willing to sell him for around €20 million, and the 23-year-old was ready to sign a four-year deal. However, Badische Zeitung suggested that Freiburg had rejected Leipzig’s offer and the latter was unwilling to increase their offer. Final talks were held on Friday but came to nothing.

Rumoured Departures

Name: Ethan Ampadu | Age: 20 | Interested clubs: Bristol City | Nationality: Wales | Position: centre-back/defensive midfield | Offer: loan | Source: Gregor MacGregor (Bristol Live), Football Insider

In light of Ethan Ampadu’s limited opportunities at RB Leipzig this season, Chelsea were thinking about recalling the Welshman from his loan and sending him elsewhere to increase his game time. A number of clubs were interested in taking the 19-year-old on loan, including Bristol City, who were considered the front-runners for him, but Die Roten Bullen insisted that he will be used more throughout the remainder of the season.

Name: Timo Werner | Age: 23 | Interested clubs: Bayern Munich | Nationality: Germany | Position: centre-forward | Offer: N/A | Source: Bild (via Sport)

Speculation surrounding a move to Bayern Munich continues to loom over Timo Werner’s head. Should the Bavarian club fail to sign either Leroy Sané from Manchester City or Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, Werner is seen as an interesting alternative.


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