RB Leipzig standout winger/midfielder Emil Forsberg may be the second high profile name to leave the team behind Naby Keita who recently transferred to Liverpool.
Leipzig Standout Emil Forsberg Nearing Exit
According to BILD in Germany, Forserg’s agent Hasan Cetinkaya has offered the player to several high-profile clubs including: Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan and Arsenal. All of this done with the permission of RB Leipzig who may be done trying to keep the 26-year old in East Germany. A move to any of those teams would greatly improve their chances in their respective leagues and coincide with what Forsberg has wanted for some time.
Of all the teams on the list that may be surprising is Arsenal. The London-based team recently seemed to close up shop during this summer transfer window according to ESPN. New manager Unai Emery seems content with his roster, having picked up Lucas Torreira, Stephan Lichtensteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi during the summer transfer window. A move for Forsberg would be an impressive edition but may not be in the cards if we are to believe the former PSG boss.
Considering the recent spending by Atletico Madrid to keep Antoine Griezmann, it seems more likely that Forsberg heads to Italy. Juventus have been big spenders, bringing in Cristiano Ronaldo, and other clubs may be quick to jump into the transfer market to match that signing. Forsberg is in the right place at the right time to take advantage of the situation and potential land a big move with an above average transfer fee going to Leipzig depending on the desperation of Italian clubs.
In the end, this will leave Leipzig with one less marquee player. A player that helped them secure second place in the Bundesliga in the 2016-17 season. Their first time in Germany’s top flight saw them qualify for the Champions League and topple well-known sides like Borussia Dortmund. Much of that was done on the backs of fantastic players like Forsberg, Keita and striker Timo Werner. All of whom have garnered attention from bigger clubs, making 2018-19 into an important season for Leipzig as they enter a transition.