RB Leipzig sell Sabitzer to Ba...


RB Leipzig sell Sabitzer to Bayern but snap up Barca wonderkid Ilaix

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Bayern Munich have signed Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig. 

The Bundesliga champions continued their habit of hoovering up the league's best talent in a cut-price €15million deal.

The Austrian midfielder links up with his former Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann at the Allianz Arena, and has signed a four-year deal.

Meanwhile, Leipzig are set to replace Sabitzer with Barcelona's Ilaix Moriba.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to play for FC Bayern," Sabitzer said, "As a child my Bayern jersey was my pride and joy – I got a new one at Christmas every year.

"I’ll give everything for this club, I want to win as many matches as possible and of course collect lots of titles."

Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn added, "Marcel Sabitzer offers everything that an FC Bayern player needs.

"On top of that, he won’t need long to settle in as he’s already well-acquainted with the philosophy of our coach Julian Nagelsmann."

Sabitzer was an integral part in the rise of RB Leipzig, joining them from Rapid Vienna while they were still in the second tier.

His 52 goals in 229 appearances from midfield helped cement the nouveau riche club as a European heavyweight.

Still only 18, Ilaix Moriba has the chance to build on what Sabitzer helped Leipzig achieve.

The midfielder will have a medical on Tuesday, before signing a five-year contract.

His representatives had been in talks with Barcelona about improving his terms since the start of 2021.

He made his Barça debut in January, in a Copa del Rey victory over Cornella. A month later, he was making his La Liga debut against Celta Vigo.

However, those talks to extend his contract hit the rocks earlier this month with Barcelona president Joan Laporta warning, "We do not want players who do not want to renew, it leaves a very bad taste".

Ilaix has been frozen out of first-team affairs at the Camp Nou, and has decided to represent Guinea instead of Spain, with whom he'd played for the U17 side.

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