RB Leipzig put huge price tag on Liverpool target after Arsenal talks

Date published: Friday 25th May 2018 2:14 - Matthew Briggs

RB Leipzig have reportedly placed a £47million price tag on Emil Forsberg to ward off interest from Arsenal.

The attacking midfielder has been named in Sweden’s World Cup squad after enjoying a productive season with five goals and four assists for the Bundesliga side.

Arsenal have been linked with Forsberg and SportExpressen report that Leipzig do not want to sell the 26-year-old and have place a fee of 550,000 Krona (£47m) on his head.

Juventus, Atletico Madrid and the Gunners “lead” the chase for Forsberg, but Leipzig are believed to be ready to offer him a new contract, despite only penning a new deal until 2022 in February 2017.

That deal is believed to be worth around £3.4million a year and RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick is prepared to improve that deal in a bid to keep Forsberg.

Forsberg sent speculation into overdrive last month when he tweeted “Thanks for everything” after he was sent off in the 5-2 defeat by Hoffenheim in April, which proved to be his final game of the season due to suspension.

The report claims the player’s agent Hasan Cetinkaya has had “several meetings” with representatives from interested clubs.

AC Milan, Liverpool and Man Utd have also been linked with Forsberg, whom Arsenal tried to sign in January.

In March, German football expert Rafa Honigstein’s provided an interesting update on the midfielder.

“Emil Forsberg has been in and out of the (RB Leipzig) team with injuries, and they’ve really missed him a lot.

“He is still a guy who really wants to go to the Premier League. He was very upset when Arsenal’s offer (January) was turned down straight away by Leipzig.

“I think (Arsenal) will come back in for him because he has got a lot of talent.”


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