RB Leipzig confirm the signing of highly-rated teenage forward Brian Brobbey, who will join for free from Ajax on four-year deal in the summer
RB Leipzig have confirmed the signing of Dutch forward Brian Brobbey, who will join on a free transfer from Ajax next season.
Highly-rated striker Brobbey, 19, has signed a four-year deal with the Bundesliga side.
The Netherlands U21 international has enjoyed a stunning breakthrough season for Ajax, scoring 13 goals, as well as providing five assists, from 26 games in all competitions.
RB Leipzig have confirmed the free signing of teenage Ajax forward Brian Brobbey
Sportsmail revealed in January that Real Madrid were eyeing the Dutch sensation but he has opted for the German side, who have a history of developing young talent.
He will give Julian Nagelsmann some much-needed competition in the forward positions following the departure of star striker Timo Werner last summer.
Brobbey’s move led to a dispute between Dutch soccer federation sporting director Nico-Jan Hoogma and Ajax counterpart Marc Overmars.
Overmars had been trying to extend Brobbey’s contract but Hoogma encouraged the forward to move to Leipzig.
The 19-year-old is highly-rated after 13 goals during his breakthrough season for Dutch side
Brobbey scored two goals in seven league appearances for Ajax this season and two in three Europa League appearances.
‘As a young, very versatile and determined player, Brian Brobbey fits exactly into the profile of RB Leipzig,’ said Leipzig sporting director Markus Krösche after Brobbey’s signing was announced.
‘He recently showed at Ajax that he can perform on an international level. Since Brian had some offers from other top European clubs, we’re delighted that he decided to join us. We’ll have a lot of fun with him in the coming season.’
The striker will provide some much-needed competition going forward for the German side
He made his debut for the Dutch powerhouse in October, when he scored after coming on as a substitute in a 5-2 win over Fortuna Sittard.
Brobbey said he is looking forward to working under Leipzig’s 33-year-old head coach Nagelsmann.
‘Julian Nagelsmann is a young and very good coach from whom I can still learn a lot,’ said Brobbey.
‘I’m really looking forward to joining the team and I would like to do my part to ensure that the club continues to be so successful.’
Brobbey said he is excited to work under 33-year-old head coach Julian Nagelsmann