Leipzig delighted with Moriba deal

01 September 2021 04:29:08 GMTPlus11
RB Leipzig have landed Ilaix Moriba from Barcelona

RB Leipzig have moved to plug the gap left by the departure of Marcel Sabitzer to Bayern Munich by snapping up teenage midfielder Ilaix Moriba from Barcelona.

Leipzig, who have started the new season with two losses in three league games, are 4/7 to secure a top-four finish in the Bundesliga, with Wolfsburg 9/2 and Bayer Leverkusen 8/15.

With Ilaix we were able to sign an absolutely exceptional talent.

Florian Scholz

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Eighteen-year-old Moriba, who recently pledged his international future to Guinea, made 18 first-team appearances for Barca before deciding to move on, with the Catalan giants securing a ten per cent sell-on clause for the talented schemer.

And Leipzig believe that they have completed a serious coup in landing Moriba, a move which is especially timely given the recent departure of Austria international Sabitzer.

Moriba backed for bright future

Commercial director for sports Florian Scholz told the club's official website: "With Ilaix we were able to sign an absolutely exceptional talent.

"We are very proud that, despite the many offers from top European clubs, he decided on RB Leipzig and that we were able to convince him of our project.

"Ilaix has been our desired solution for many months and we have succeeded in achieving a transfer with a clear focus on our future. He has a great mentality and will strengthen our team in the long term."

BVB loan in Pongracic

Meanwhile Borussia Dortmund have also made a signing on deadline day, with central defender Marin Pongracic joining on a season-long loan from Wolfsburg.

The 23-year-old year-old Croatia international has also played for 1860 Munich and RB Salzburg and BVB believe that they have secured a valuable addition to their defensive options.

Sporting director Michael Zorc told the official club website: "Marin is a young central defender with pace who will complete our defence."

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