Per a report by SWR Sport, Bayern Munich’s Sebastian Rudy will transfer to RB Leipzig. The veteran defensive midfielder has been rumored to be one of the Bayern midfielders likely to exit Munich and it looks like the move could become official shortly.
Caught in Bayern’s much talked about “midfield logjam”, Rudy never consistently got enough field time to make a serious run at being a regular in the lineup in Munich. Whether it was fighting for playing time with a host of talented teammates or taking an ill-timed boot to the face during his brief - yet impressive - World Cup stint with Germany, Rudy seemingly could not catch a break over the past year.
Regardless, Rudy might be headed to RB Leipzig, where he would arrive a year ahead of his former coach at Hoffenheim, Julian Nagelsmann.
According to SWR’s information, Sebastian Rudy is definitely transferring to RB Leipzig.
While nothing has been made official from either club or Rudy himself, rumors are circulating that the transfer fee is €15M.
UPDATE [9:33AM]: SportBild is refuting the above reports on Rudy’s departure citing “no discussions” among the clubs and Rudy’s contract as detriments to a transfer.
Nach Informationen von @SPORTBILD ist der Wechsel von @BastiRudy noch nicht fix. Es gab noch keine Verhandlungen zwischen den Klubs und daher auch keine Einigung. Rudy hat Vertrag bis 2020 ohne Ausstiegsklausel https://t.co/D5kkLV7R1a— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) August 14, 2018
According to information from @SPORTBILD, the transfer of Sebsastian Rudy is not yet definite. There have been no negotiations between the clubs and therefore no agreement. Rudy is under contract until 2020 without an exit clause.
With Rudy’s exit allegedly imminent, kicker is reporting that if the German international leaves, Bayern would be more inclined to keep Jerome Boateng. Because Rudy’s departure would leave Javi Martinez as the only true pivot on the squad, Bayern would be less likely to use Martinez in the center-back rotation and therefore would want to hang on to Boateng.
If true, it will be interesting to see how Bayern handles Lars Lukas Mai, who could be affected by Boateng staying in Munich. In addition, it is conceivable that there could be one more move coming for Bayern as it still is heavy in the central midfield. With the return of Corentin Tolisso to the squad, playing time will become even more competitive among the likes of the Frenchman and his mates Martinez, Thomas Müller, James Rodriguez, Thiago Alcantara, Leon Goretzka, and Renato Sanches. All of those players will be battling over three starting roles on a weekly basis.
After Arturo Vidal left Munich, at least one more player was going to leave, and now it looks like that someone could be Rudy. The midfielder certainly has his good qualities and likely would have been able to display them if he was granted consistent playing time in Bavaria. Unfortunately for Rudy, however, the talent surrounding him on the roster never afforded him the consistent playing time he needed at this stage of his career.
Rudy is a class player who would make RB Leipzig’s squad a better and more competitive bunch. He is just the type of player that could help bring stability and defensive awareness to a Die Roten Bullen side that too often plays on a slanted pitch.
This move undeniably would make the Bundesliga better.