Liverpool are unlikely to sign new Bundesliga talent despite agent’s comments

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Willi Orban of RB Leipzig celebrates with team mate Emil Forsberg of RB Leipzig after scoring his team's second goal during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and Hertha BSC at Red Bull Arena on December 17, 2016 in Leipzig, Germany.
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Emil Forsberg has been in phenomenal form for RB Leipzig this season and his agent has revealed that with a number of clubs interested in signing him, it’s possible he could leave the league newcomers this season.

Scoring five goals and registering eight assists this season, Forsberg’s form has been crucial to RB Leipzig’s push for the Bundesliga title. Despite only being promoted from Germany’s second division at the beginning of the season, Leipzig are second in the league and just three points adrift of Bayern Munich at the summit.

It would seem it’s impossible these days to play well for a club without rumours and stories created about a move away. In this case, the story has been started by Forsberg’s agent with his representative claiming that it’s not unlikely for the player to leave in the January transfer window.

Agent Hasan Cetinkaya, quoted in Germany’s Bild newspaper via This is Anfield, said, “I’m not going to confirm any names, but after the excellent first half of the season that Emil has had, some big clubs have made enquiries.

“Leipzig are on their way to becoming a big club who will be playing in the Champions League themselves soon, but I still cannot promise that Emil will be staying in Leipzig this winter.”

The comments from Forsberg’s agent may well be a tactic to engineer a more enticing package when the summer comes around as there is a little chance the Swede would want to leave with the distinct chance of a league title and almost certain Champions League qualification.

According to manager Ralph Hasenhüttel, Forsberg is going nowhere. On rumours of Forsberg leaving, Leipzig’s boss said via Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, “I do not think, that the player would want to leave our club at the moment.”

If Liverpool were to sign Forsberg, I doubt it would be until the summer transfer window due to a number of factors. Leipzig are unlikely to sell one of their star players in the face of the most important season in the young history of their club. Add to that the fact that Forsberg himself is likely to want to see the season out in order to have a crack at the title and you have yourself a transfer that could happen but won’t.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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