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Bundesliga: RB Leipzig's debt to backers Red Bull increases by €30 million due to transfer spending

Berlin: The amount Bundesliga club RB Leipzig owe their backers Red Bull has leapt to €83.164 million, according to a government-backed magazine.

The Bundesanzeiger, published by Germany's Department of Justice, say the club added €30 million to the €52.384 million they owed the Austrian energy drinks giants at the end of 2015.

The jump can be explained by Leipzig splashing out for Liverpool-bound Naby Keita, Oliver Burke and Timo Werner, plus head coach Ralph Hasenhuettl, just before last season.

Soccer Football - Champions League - AS Monaco vs RB Leipzig - Stade Louis II, Monaco - November 21, 2017 RB Leipzig pose for a team group photo before the match REUTERS/Eric Gaillard - RC1447ADF570

File photo of the RB Leipzig team. Reuters

Keita, who will move to Anfield next season for around €75 million, was signed from sister club Red Bull Salzburg for €15 million in July 2016.

Scotland winger Burke, now at West Bromwich Albion, also cost €15.2m from Nottingham Forest in August 2016.

Werner, now a regular in the Germany team, made his breakthrough after joining from Stuttgart for €10 million in July 2016.

Overall, RB Leipzig has a total debt of €97 million while salaries increased last year from €34 to almost €54 million.

However, a club spokesman said they are unconcerned by the leap in their debt.

"The loans stands against player assets with significantly higher market values, which the Keita transfer impressively shows," an RB spokesman told SID, an AFP subsidiary.

RB Leipzig, currently third in Germany's top flight, are again on course for a Champions League spot even if they do trail runaway league leaders Bayern Munich by 18 points.

The club has only been around since 2009 when Red Bull acquired the German Football League (DFL) licence of a now-obsolete fifth-tier club.

Four promotions in seven years meant RB Leipzig joined Germany's top flight for 2016/17 and finished second, qualifying for the Champions League, last season.

Having finished third in the group stages of the Champions League this term, Leipzig dropped to the Europa League and host Napoli in the last 32 next Thursday.


Published Date: Feb 09, 2018 12:57 PM | Updated Date: Feb 09, 2018 12:57 PM

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