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by Anthony J. Merced
New York Red Bulls have added Swedish international and RB Leipzig star Emil Forsberg to the club as a designated player until 2027. The three-year deal is the first of several rumored player moves under Head of Sport Jochen Schneider, who has promised major changes ahead of the 2024 season.
"This transfer showcases the Red Bull philosophy of high-intensity and attacking soccer and the power of our multi-club eco system which will benefit our club," said Head of Sport Jochen Schneider. "Emil is an amazing talent with a skillset that will particularly help develop young players and we cannot wait to see him take the pitch in 2024."
Forsberg has been a staple of the RB Leipzig line-up since before the club's ascension into the Bundesliga. Joining the club in 2015 while the team was still in the 2. Bundesliga, Forsberg has amassed over 200 appearances and scored 48 goals for the club in that span. Along the way he lifted the DFB Pokal in 2022 and 2023 as well as help Leipzig defeat Bayern Munich for the 2023 DFL Supercup.
Internationally he has played with his native Sweden since 2014, making 86 total appearances through World Cup qualification and UEFA European Championship games. With his nation he has scored 21 goals across all competitions.
"He (Forsberg) is a great attacking midfielder that will provide much value to our midfield this season," said new head coach Sandro Schwarz.
More moves are expected in the coming weeks but the transfer of Forsberg means that the team has now filled all three designated player positions along with Dante Vanzeir and Luquinhas.