Red Bull Salzburg striker Patson Daka will depart the team and join the Premier League side Leicester City in a move that greatly shifts the balance of power in England. Daka has been a fantastic goal-scorer for Salzburg, helping the team reach the double and UEFA Champions League in the past two seasons.
"I have experienced so many unbelievable things in the close to five years at FC Red Bull Salzburg," said Daka. "It is like I am leaving my home a bit. I feel though that it is about time for me to take the next step in my career, especially after the great last season."
It was, indeed, a great season for Daka who scored 34 goals in 42 games across all competitions. He was the Golden Boot winner this past season and scored 20 plus goals over the past two campaigns. All of this after the surge of interest in Erling Haaland gave him the room to grow with little criticism.
Now, Daka will join a Leicester City club that is looking for that killer goal-scorer to put them over the top and make them Champions League contenders. Other teams showed interest in the Ghanaian striker, including Liverpool FC. The move to Leicester more than likely guarantees more time on the field in England and a better chance of raising his own stock.
"It is definitely no accident that he is leaving us on the highest ever transfer fee paid to an Austrian club," said Sporting Director Christoph Freund. "We have really enjoyed the time together with the player and person that Patson Daka is, and we wish him all the very best for the future."
Daka's move, being reported as a 23 million pound fee, puts Salzburg in a strong position to continue investing in the club. The team has already made a few signings and has depth in the striker position, including the likes of Mergim Berisha and Karim Adeyemi.