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Report: Sebastian Rudy’s price makes a move to RB Leipzig “unlikely”

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Financial Fair Play stipulations are hampering Sebastian Rudy’s ability to move to RB Leipzig, but Schalke 04 is still in play for the Bayern Munich midfielder.

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Sebastian Rudy’s list of potential suitors could be shrinking as RB Leipzig is running into Financial Fair Play issues according to a report by kicker:

Sebastian Rudy’s transfer to Leipzig . . . is becoming increasingly unlikely. Bayern wants to sell Rudy and would accept a loan only if it entailed a purchase obligation for the receiving club. According to kicker’s information, both options are out of the question for Leipzig, because they would then have trouble with the rules of Financial Fair Play. Leipzig’s problem is that they still have 20 million euros available and would like to use this sum primarily for (Ademola) Lookman.

With RB Leipzig likely limited in its ability to make a serious offer to Bayern Munich, Rudy may now be able focus on working out a deal with Schalke 04. Rudy could also decide to just stay with Bayern with the hope that another player — perhaps Juan Bernat or Renato Sanches — moves on via loan or sale, which could help create roster space.

Bernat, of course, is currently linked with both Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, while Sanches is mired deep on the bench for Niko Kovač. Should Bernat leave, Rudy’s ability to play fullback, could make him an option to be a backup at both midfield and right back for Die Roten.


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Lookman, who was loaned to RB Leipzig last season from Everton, scored five goals in 11 games for Die Roten Bullen during his time in the Bundesliga and has been a key target for Leipzig throughout the summer. The Englishman is still just 20 years old, which is a more direct fit for the type of player that RB Leipzig normally pursues rather than the 28-year-old Rudy.

Only recently, however, has the former Hoffenheim man been on the radar of Ralf Rangnick’s club. The timing of Rudy’s availability has prevented the RB Leipzig from being able to plan accordingly, so that it could be financially prepared to make a move for the German international.

With Julian Nagelsmann slated to take over RB Leipzig in 2019, the current Hoffenheim coach would undoubtedly like to have a familiar face and steady presence like Rudy available next summer.

Rudy, however, is in a difficult situation as he is weighing the decision of winning championships at Bayern against getting more playing time elsewhere. Barring RB Leipzig somehow fixing its FFP situation and Uli Hoeness lessening Bayern’s financial demand of an offer north of €15M, it looks like Schalke 04 could be the front runner to secure Rudy - if he eventually decides to leave Munich.