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Report: RB Leipzig bows out of the running for Sebastian Rudy

The transfer window is nearing its close and the future of Sebastian Rudy still hangs in the balance.

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Per a report by kicker, Sebastian Rudy might not be joining Julian Nagelsmann after all. The Bayern Munich midfielder’s list of suitors might just have been reduced by one, as RB Leipzig has apparently removed the German international from its wish list after it could not reach an agreement with the Bavarians on an sale or loan.

The topic is settled for the Saxons. The Bavarians demanded a transfer fee of around 20 million euros. Respectively, (Bayern) envisioned a borrowing model with a purchase commitment for the coming season, but RB declined. Since Leipzig are now out of the race, Rudy’s choices remain Bayern or Schalke.

Schalke is, indeed, still involved with the pursuit of Rudy, but it will be interesting to see if Bayern moves forward with a transfer. Bayern president Uli Hoeness did not seem too eager to dispatch Rudy, and the 28-year old’s versatility could be an asset in Munich under Niko Kovač.

It could be assumed that Die Roten Bullen will continue their pursuit of Ademola Lookman in lieu of Rudy. Lookman spent time with RB Leipzig last season on loan from Everton and has been rumored to be back on the club’s radar.

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Losing a suitor certainly takes away some negotiating leverage from Bayern, but Rudy would be an extremely valuable player under Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco. It would also not be all that shocking if RB Leipzig jumped back into the Rudy sweepstakes if negotiations for Lookman fall through, but the club’s ongoing Financial Fair Play restrictions are a hindrance in pursuing both players.

For now, though, Bayern and Schalke will likely spend some time haggling before a decision on Rudy’s future is made.

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