RB Leipzig were promoted to the Bundesliga back in 2016 and since then in the transfer market, they have made some bold moves.
On 1 June 2019, Rangnick announced his resignation as sporting director of RB Leipzig after seven years and moved to the Red Bull company as “Head of Sport and Development Soccer.”
His successor as sporting director was Markus Krosche but the project is still rumbling on.
They sold Naby Keita to Liverpool for 60 million euros after signing him for 29.75 million from RB Salzburg and Timo Werner, signed from Stuttgart for 22.2 million went to Chelsea for 53 million.
Their shrewd business hasn’t stopped in this summer’s window either and they’ve already sold on Dayot Upamecano to Bayern Munich (42.5 million), Ibrahima Konate to Liverpool (40million) and Marius Wolf (9.5) to Borussia Monchengladbach as well as the 25 million that Bayern paid them for their head coach Julian Nagelsmann.
That’s 92 million euros of income, making them the highest-earning side from transfers in this window.
However, 91.62m of those 92m euros has been spent on strengthening their squad, however, with the signings of Andre Silva (23m euros from Eintracht Frankfurt), Josko Gvardiol (18.8m euros from Dynamo Zagreb), Angelino (18m euros from Manchester City), Mohamed Simakan (15m euros from Strasbourg), Benjamin Henrichs (15m euros from Monaco) and Caden Clark (1.82m euros from New York Red Bulls).
It’s been quite a few months of comings and goings in Leipzig, and there’s still a way to go in this year’s summer window.
Again, they have a manager named Jesse Marsch who says he is a more confident and assured leader than when he joined FC Salzburg two seasons ago.
Marsch has succeeded at every step within Red Bull’s organization, managing the New York Red Bulls for four seasons before joining Leipzig as an assistant in 2018 and then managing Salzburg for two campaigns. The challenge he faces with Leipzig is a bit different than those he faced in Austria. With Salzburg, his side was the perennial champions.
Now with Leipzig, he’ll be trying to knock Bayern Munich, who have won nine consecutive league titles, from their perch atop the Bundesliga.
“There’s a level here in Europe, and it’s usually to do with what the resources are and that the difference in resources is very different here than it is back [in MLS], which also makes the expectations very different,” Marsch said.
“So you have to manage all of these things — internally and externally — the right way to really give your team the best chance to work quietly and achieve all the things that you believe that they can. So, that’s what a lot of the work is about being here in Europe and trying to be a good manager for good clubs.”
“My main goal will be to bring out the best in them as people first, and encourage them to give everything they have to each other in the right way,” he said.
“And then, to be able to work with who they are as players is a joy. Even though we’ve had two days of training now, it’s really exciting to see what the possibilities are and I already have a picture of how to help quite a few of these players to get even better.”
Overall, Leipzig have been bold and smart enough in recruiting players and managers and then making some intelligent moves in the transfer market.