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Mintzlaff: "We Will Spend Far Less" on RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig Managing Director Oliver Mintzlaff have thrown cold water on fans who anticipated a spending spree by the East German club this transfer window. Despite moving top striker Timo Werner to England for upwards of 50 million Euros, the team will remain frugal which may be difficult when trying to replace their striker's goal output.

"We will spend far less than we got for Timo Werner," said Mintzlaff to the publication Kicker. "It is probably an illusion to think that we could still play in a sold-out stadium this year. That is why we are expecting to lose over 20 million Euros."

While it isn't a complete surprise that Leipzig are being cautious during this tumultuous time, some did expect them to be more aggressive in the off-season. Former executive Ralf Rangnick is expected to raid the club now that he has taken over at AC Milan and other teams that aren't so cash-strapped are looking to do the same. Players like Dayot Upamecano have been linked with moves to bigger clubs which will leave glaring gaps in the lineup.

Players moving has never been much of an issue for Leipzig over the years. Their sister clubs RB Leipzig and New York Red Bulls have assisted in replenishing the squad and the same may happen with rumors of Patson Daka or Hwang Hee-Chan being tapped to replace the talisman. Those moves would cost far less than going into the wide open market and keep Leipzig competitive in the Bundesliga.

"We have probably had the most successful season," said Mintzlaff about his team's efforts in 2019-20. "But fair and honest consideration also means that we also didn't achieve the results we all wanted with our football in the second half of the season. When a hungry coach works at a hungry club, naturally you dream of winning the title."

Whether Leipzig can maintain their efforts in trying to dethrone Bayern Munich remains to be seen. They are still in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, set to resume and conclude in August. From there the team will be relying on what they have to continue the push towards dominance in one of the top leagues in the world.


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