RB Leipzig Transfer/Rumour Round-up: June 15-21

The transfer window is not open but transfer speculation surrounding RB Leipzig is constantly circulating. To keep you up-to-date, Red Bull Hub will be providing a weekly round-up of all Die Roten Bullen arrivals, departures and rumours each Sunday.

Departures

Name: Timo Werner | Age: 24 | Club: Chelsea | Nationality: Germany | Position: centre-forward | Fee: €53 million (reported) | Contract: 5 years

The long-running transfer saga surrounding Timo Werner has at last come to a close. Chelsea announced on Thursday morning that Werner had agreed personal terms with the Premier League club and will join up with his new team-mates in July, subject to passing a medical.

According to Kicker, the 24-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the club and will earn €10 million per year, meanwhile Bild reports that Die Roten Bullen will only receive €35 million of the €53 million transfer fee due to taxes, player and agent shares, a repayment to Red Bull, and €6 million going to his former club, Stuttgart, as part of a sell-on clause.

“As a club, clearly we went for him and he will certainly strengthen us in my opinion. He has huge talent, he has had a fantastic season this year but before that as well. […] I am certainly very excited to have him playing for Chelsea. We look forward to having him.”

Chelsea head coach, Frank Lampard, on signing Timo Werner.
Timo Werner will join his new team-mates in July and will not take part in the Champions League with RB Leipzig when the competition resumes in August. Photo: RB Leipzig.

Rumoured Arrivals

Name: Adam Hložek | Age: 17 | Club: Sparta Prague | Nationality: Czech Republic | Position: second striker | Offer: N/A | Interested Clubs: Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Arsenal | Source: Sky Germany

RB Leipzig are in negotiations with Sparta Prague to sign Czech Republic Under-21 international, Adam Hložek, with the idea of sending him back to Prague on loan for a season. Chelsea are also interested and provide a strong opposition as club Technical and Performance Adviser, Petr Čech, has good connections to Hložek. Bayern Munich and Arsenal have previously scouted the teenager.

Name: Patrik Schick | Age: 24 | Club: Roma (on loan at RB Leipzig) | Nationality: Czech Republic | Position: centre-forward | Offer: €20 million | Interested Clubs: Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Newcastle United | Source: Bild, Gazzetta dello Sport

RB Leipzig’s pursuit of to sign Patrik Schick permanently continues. The club allowed its purchase of €29 million in two instalments or €27 million up front to expire on June 15 as it aims to negotiate a reduced fee. Leipzig are only willing to offer a maximum of €20 million for Schick but Roma do not want to sell below €26 million to avoid a considerable loss on the €42 million spent to sign him from Sampdoria in 2018. Newcastle United have requested information on the 24-year-old, meanwhile Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are also interested.

Name: Milot Rashica | Age: 23 | Club: Werder Bremen | Nationality: Kosovo | Position: winger | Offer: N/A | Interested Clubs: N/A | Source: Bild

RB Leipzig are favourites to sign Milot Rashica from Werder Bremen this summer. The Kosovo international’s release clause of €38 million, €15 million if Bremen are relegated this season, has expired and a fee is now negotiable. Die Roten Bullen see Rashica as a potential successor for Timo Werner but are unwilling to spend more than €20 million due to the financial impact caused by COVID-19.

Name: Wissam Ben Yedder | Age: 29 | Club: Monaco | Nationality: France | Position: centre-forward | Offer: N/A | Interested Clubs: Manchester United | Source: Le10sport

RB Leipzig are looking at Monaco’s 29-year-old centre-forward, Wissam Ben Yedder, as a potential replacement for Timo Werner. Manchester United have been in talks with the player’s entourage for the past year and the Ligue 1 club is willing to listen to offers but will not sell below €40 million.

Name: Benjamin Henrichs | Age: 23 | Club: Monaco | Nationality: Germany | Position: right-back | Offer: N/A | Interested Clubs: Bayern Munich | Source: Bild

Monaco full-back, Benjamin Henrichs, is likely to move to RB Leipzig on loan this summer with a purchase option included in the deal. The 23-year-old is keen on a return to Germany after leaving Bayer Leverkusen in 2018 and had agreed to move to Leipzig in January, but the deal was vetoed by the club’s new head coach, Robert Moreno, and the clubs’ inability to agree on a fee as Monaco demanded €38 million.

Name: Kim Min-Jae | Age: 23 | Club: Beijing Guoan | Nationality: South Korea | Position: centre-back | Offer: N/A | Interested Clubs: Everton, Watford, Southampton, Lazio, Porto, PSV Eindhoven | Source: Guardian

Beijing Guoan and South Korea centre-back, Kim Min-jae, has attracted a wide range of interest from clubs in Europe and Die Roten Bullen will face stern competition from Porto, Lazio, PSV Eindhoven, Watford, Southampton, and Everton for the 23-year-old valued at £13.5 million, but Kim would prefer a move to the Premier League.

Name: Ivan Toney | Age: 24 | Club: Peterborough United | Nationality: England | Position: centre-forward | Offer: N/A | Interested Clubs: Rangers, Celtic, New York Red Bulls | Source: Scotsman, Peterborough Telegraph

In a search for offensive reinforcements, RB Leipzig are probing as low as the third-tier of English football and have Peterborough United’s Ivan Toney in mind. While Rangers and Celtic also interested in the League One top scorer, Leipzig sister-club, New York Red Bulls, have had a £4 million plus add-ons bid rejected, according to the Peterborough Telegraph, as the English club are waiting for offers around £10 million.

Name: Hwang Hee-chan | Age: 24 | Club: Red Bull Salzburg | Nationality: England | Position: centre-forward | Offer: N/A | Interested Clubs: N/A | Source: Bild

Red Bull Salzburg centre-forward, Hwang Hee-chan, is on the radar of RB Leipzig as a potential replacement for Timo Werner and could be available for as little as €10 million. According to various reports, the South Korean will not be renewing his contract that expires in 2021 and will be looking to move on from the city of Mozart this summer following a revival season under Jesse Marsch that has seen him score 14 goals and assist 19 in 34 matches in all competitions this season.

Rumoured Departures

Name: Hannes Wolf | Age: 21 | Interested Clubs: Borussia Mönchengladbach | Nationality: Austria | Position: attacking midfielder | Offer: N/A | Source: Salzburger Nachrichten, Kicker

It has not been a successful debut season at RB Leipzig for Hannes Wolf and he could be on his way back into the arms of his former head coach at Red Bull Salzburg, Marco Rose, as Borussia Mönchengladbach have a strong interest in the 21-year-old. Wolf has agreed to move Die Fohlen this summer and Leipzig are looking to secure a loan deal with a purchase option, but are unwilling to sell him for below the €12 million spent to acquire him last summer.

THAT’S ALL FOR THIS WEEK’S TRANSFER/Rumour ROUND-UP, COME BACK EVERY SUNDAY TO FIND OUT WHO ELSE RB LEIPZIG ARE LINKED WITH/SIGN OR FOLLOW RED BULL HUB ON TWITTER (@REDBULLHUB) FOR DAILY UPDATES.

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