RB Leipzig has not yet given up its campaign for Wolfsburg central defender Maxence Lacroix. Despite the clear words of VfL managing director Jörg Schmadtke, the last word in transfer poker for the 21-year-old Frenchman is unlikely to have been spoken yet.
It still seems rather questionable whether RB Leipzig has adequately replaced the departures of Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konaté. A transfer of the Wolfsburg whiz from the previous season would be just right. However, the Leipzig team has so far not been able to get past Wolfsburg sports director Jörg Schmadtke, who is known as a tough negotiating partner.
“He stays here, the matter is decided. We have rejected everything – and the subject is now over,” he said Sports buzzer.
RB boss Oliver Mintzlaff does not want to be intimidated by the clear statement.
“The transfer window is still open for a few days. Let’s see what will happen. But we have no pressure and are well positioned in all positions,” he explained to the picture.
According to the tabloid medium, RB would also be willing to pay significantly more than the previously offered 24 million euros. To do this, however, another stone must first be set in motion. The higher payment would be possible if Marcel Halstenberg is transferred to Dortmund. The Borussia first have to get rid of Nico Schulz. However, the interest in the BVB left-back should not be great in general.
The poker between Wolfsburg and Leipzig will therefore probably drag on a little longer. Even the words of Schmadtke do not change that, who surprised everyone involved with his statement. Despite his contract until 2024, the defender is said to have disclosed his request for a change and only found out about the CEO’s statements via the media.
Pay-TV-Sender Sky considers some kind of bluff on the part of the Wolfsburgs. “I don’t know if there’s a strategy behind it,” wonders Sky-Reporter Max Bielefeld on the communication between wolves.
In principle, there is one point that suggests that the last word has not yet been said with regard to Lacroix. Just a few days ago, Sebastiaan Bornauw, a central defender, moved from Cologne to Wolfsburg for 13.5 million euros. The club actually already has the Lacroix successor in its pocket.
In addition, the wolves can also rely on John Brooks, Marin Pongracic and Joshua Guilavogui in defense. Lacroix would therefore not leave a huge hole behind, even if he certainly has the greatest potential of the players mentioned.
Ultimately, it will all boil down to a transfer poker. Schmadtke has made it clear that the 24 million euros are not enough and only formulated this somewhat drastically in order to increase the pressure. However, this does not rule out the fact that the parties cannot agree between 25 and 30 million euros.