Liverpool are interested in Roy Offenda, who has been making waves this season after beating Kim Min-jae in a physical battle.
‘Liverpool are keeping tabs on RB Leipzig striker Roy Offenda, who has already scored five goals and provided two assists in 10 games for his new club since joining from Reims this summer,’ German outlet Bild reported on Sunday.
Offenda is an all-rounder who is a striker but can also play as a left or right winger. He likes to switch with wingers and often finds himself one-on-one with opposing defenders on the flanks. Offenda’s quickness is reminiscent of Son Heung-min, as he is quite decisive and uses both feet.
He made his professional debut for Belgian side Rijkscluip Brugge and his potential exploded after a loan move to Dutch side SBV Fitters in 2020. After scoring 18 goals for Fitters in the 2021/22 season, he moved to RC Reims in France in 2022.
Upon arrival, Ondaatje scored 21 goals and four assists in 38 league games to finish fourth on the team’s scoring charts behind Mbappe, Lacazette, and Jonathan David. Offenda’s performances also helped Reims finish second in the league behind Paris Saint-Germain and qualify for the Champions League.
Recognizing his potential, many teams approached him, but he seemed to be headed to Leipzig. Leipzig were short on strikers after the departure of their ace, Christopher Nkunku, to Chelsea and saw Offenda as a replacement.
A tug-of-war between Reims and Leipzig over Offenda’s price resulted in a total of €43.5 million, breaking Leipzig’s transfer record.
Offenda struggled in preseason after his move, but now that the season has started, he’s been flying. He has four goals and two assists in six Bundesliga games. In his most recent game against Bayern Munich, he scored a brace against Kim Min-jae.
In that game, he used his unique balance to overcome a tussle with Kim and even scored a goal in the process. He also assisted on Lukewa’s goal to help the Bavarians draw with Munich with one goal and one assist.아톰카지노
“Leipzig are a bit relaxed at the moment because they don’t have a buyout clause for Loew Offenda next summer,” Polk told Fabrizio Romano’s daily briefing.
“The buyout clause starts in 2025 and I’m told it’s a bit higher than the €80 million reported elsewhere. I’m sure a club like Liverpool will keep an eye on him. We already know from Dominik Soboslaw that they have had mostly positive experiences with RB Leipzig players.”
“It is also noteworthy that the two clubs have a similar style, which will definitely help Liverpool.”
Leipzig still have some breathing room as he does not have a buyout in 2024 and it kicks in in 2025. Also, if he does well this season and the next and goes to a big club with a buyout, it would be a win-win deal for both Leipzig and Offenda.