RB Leipzig look set to have a much changed squad for next season with new sporting director Max Eberl set to oversee his first major challenge at the club. One move is confirmed, two big names are heavily linked with a move, while fringe players are set to be offloaded ahead of a influx of fresh blood.
“The squad is excellently equipped, but we are all aware that it will take on a different look in the next 12 to 18 months,” Eberl said back in January.
Midfielder Konrad Laimer’s move to Bayern Munich has already been confirmed with the 25-year-old Austrian set to leave a big hole in the Leipzig engine room. The club however have also already agreed to transfer of RB Salzburg striker Benjamin Šeško with the Slovenian set to add fire-power alongside Timo Werner and Andre Silva.
Two big name players and key men are however set to be tempted away from the Red Bull Arena and Eberl is going to have to pull something special out of the hat to keep them at the club.
Josko Gvardiol has come to be recognised as one of the finest centre backs in Europe and he enhanced his reputation no end at the World Cup. He has made no secret of wanting to play at the very highest level and the reports linking him Chelsea in the winter transfer window are only going to return with gusto in the summer. There will be no shortage of clubs looking to sign the highly talented Croatian and Leipzig will do very well to hold on to him beyond this season.
There are also reports coming from Spain that Barcelona have made contact with midfielder Dani Olmo. The Catalan shave reportedly urged Olmo not to sign a new deal with the Bundesliga clubs in order to move back to Camp Nou as a free agent in 2024.
With this being the case Leipzig may prefer to sell the player this summer rather than losing him on a free next year. Barcelona however would struggle to pay the fee now meaning other clubs could be alerted.
A trio of squad players could also be allowed to leave giving Eberl more work to do to refresh Marco Rose’s squad. Kevin Kampl, Yussuf Poulsen and Lukas Klostermann could all see their time in Saxony come to an end.
According to Sky Germany, midfielder Kampl will be allowed to decide if he wants to stay or leave a year before the expiry of his current deal.
RB Leipzig are ready to let Kevin Kampl leave this summer, according to Sky Germany, who claims it’s now up to the player to decide if he wants to stay or leave a year before his contract expires. The 32-year-old has made 21 Bundesliga appearances this season with eleven as a starter.
Long-time club stalwarts Yussuf Poulsen and Lukas Klostermann could also be on the move this summer. Like Kampl, the pair are out of contract in 2024 and according to Eberl there can be little room for sentiment. “At the end of the day, it’s the sporting quality that counts – nobody gets a contract just because they’ve been there for a long time” he explained.