Lyon (AP) - With the trip to the last group match at Olympique Lyon begins for RB Leipzig already the fight for reinforcements for the second half and the knockout stages of the Champions League.
The box office is filled with royal class revenue of 33.75 million euros so far. With a success in France on Tuesday evening (21.00 clock / Sky), the group victory and a further 2.7 million are added. The money should also change the team.
Sport director Markus Krösche is indeed defensive. "We have a very good team and a very good squad. We also saw what could be the impulse for the players who came in, "the 39-year-old said, but made it clear:" I have a hard time ruling out anything. I can not do that."
The fact that the revenues from the Champions League should not land on the deposit account, also emphasized Oliver Mintzlaff. "A large part goes to the team. The remainder will be invested, "said the board boss and also pointed out how important the revenue for a club like Leipzig.
At the top of the wish list is next to half-Europe courted storm Jewel Erling Haaland of Monaco under contracting national player Benjamin Henrichs. As reported by the "kicker", RB in the principality has made another attempt to buy the defensive allrounder already courted in the summer. The chances are now better, because Henrichs plays under the returned coach Leonardo Jardim only a minor role. Thus, the former Leverkusen - also due to injury - so far only five league games this season.
The flexible Henrichs would not only increase the quality on the defensive, but also strengthen the competition. In particular, Marcel Halstenberg, who in principle would be unrivaled on the left-back side, would be relieved. On the other hand, a Henrichs transfer should also mean the end for Marcelo Saracchi. The Uruguayan international is behind Halstenberg long unhappy and could be awarded. Galatasaray Istanbul should be interested.
Worse than Henrichs for RB are the chances of a commitment of Haaland. The 19-year-old striker would indeed be able to be obliged over the short service path of sister club Salzburg, but should strive for the higher achievements after higher achievements. Borussia Dortmund should be the favorite for a winter commitment. "Erling is a very good and interesting player. But what Dortmund does is not my construction site », stressed Krösche.
The young Norwegian would be the 19th player to change from Austria to Germany within the shower empire. An unconfirmed exit clause of 20 million euros would limit the risk, but would increase the number of interested parties. Especially since RB is extremely flexible in attack and a commitment Haalands in winter only necessary to snap it away from the competition.
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