RB Leipzig are still reeling from the weekend’s defeat to rivals Borussia Dortmund but have wasted little time in restocking their team.
The team has previously raided their smaller clubs in New York and Salzburg for midfielders Tyler Adams and Amadou Haidara but now have gone back to the well and pulled midfielder Hannes Wolf as well.
All of this while still juggling a sensitive transfer situation with rising-star striker Timo Werner.
Wolf Leaves for Leipzig But Remains Until the End of the Season
Hannes Wolf’s move to Leipzig is no shock as the 19-year old has impressed with the reigning Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg. During his time with the team he made 23 appearances and scored five goals. While the move won’t take affect until after the season, it does put a restraint on Marco Rose and what he can do with the youngster leading into the Europa League knockout stages.
“For me it was personally important to know where I would play in the future in advance,” said Wolf about his decision to move. “That will also make it easier for me to concentrate on my challenges ahead of FC Red Bull Salzburg. I wanted to be able to answer questions about my future openly, so I am pleased to be able to make my decision public so soon. Nothing will change at all for my football over the next few months, as it’s completely clear that I have so much to thank FC Red Bull Salzburg for, and I will be giving my all for my team until the very last moment.”
Werner Looking to Move on From Leipzig
Going into the 2018-19 season it was going to be important for Leipzig to show rising-star Timo Werner that saying with the team was good for his development. The promise of head coach Julian Nagelsmann seemed to do the trick but now there is concern that if his interest lies elsewhere they will need to get value for him on the transfer market.
This didn’t stop Sporting Director Ralf Rangnick from staking his claim to the striker and pointing towards a healthy relationship between the striker and club. Still, Bayern Munich and other teams have shown interest.
“If Bayern are serious then it will be difficult for us,” said Rangnick to the Sky Germany. “But they often play with one triker, so I see him staying with us for the next two or three years. “
At just 22-years of age, Werner has become sought after by many big clubs. Munich, Liverpool and Real Madrid have inquired about him recently. How he performs and whether the team can lock him down to another contract will be interesting to watch in the coming months.