Marcel Sabitzer’s move away from RB Leipzig looks to be edging closer after he told the club he wouldn’t be signing a new deal.
The Austria international has just one year remaining on his contract at the Red Bull Arena and will be available to leave for free next summer if an agreement over a new deal isn’t reached.
Given Sabitzer’s precarious position at his current club, a number of sides have been quick to lodge their interest in the 27-year-old – with Arsenal and Tottenham both thought to be keen on pursuing a deal.
Potential suitors haven’t been limited to these shores, with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich also monitoring the Austrian’s situation, and speculation over his future is set to intensify even further after Goal reported that he’s told Leipzig he won’t be signing a new deal.
Should Leipzig concede they are unable to convince Sabitzer to pen fresh terms, they’ll almost certainly look to offload him this summer in a bid to avoid losing him for free in 12 months’ time.
Sabitzer’s current contract contains a €50m (£42.5m) exit clause, yet that figure is now essentially redundant given the Bundesliga side will likely have to sell at a cut-price fee. Whether Arsenal or Spurs can lure Sabitzer to the Premier League remains to be seen, though if reports from Germany are to be believed they’re already well behind in the race to secure his services.
BILD report that negotiations between Leipzig and Bayern are already underway as former Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann looks to reunite with the midfielder.
When previously asked about his future, Sabitzer refused to rule out a move to any of the big European leagues, meaning the interested Premier League parties may yet be considering making a move for the Austria international.
But a move to Bavaria seems the most obvious option, and would continue the trend of Bayern snapping up high-profile stars from their rivals. Dayot Upamecano has already made the switch from Leipzig this summer, while Dortmund went through a period of consistently losing their best players to Die Roten – Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels included.