The record transfer of Belgian Lois Openda to DFB Cup winners RB Leipzig is perfect. As the Saxons announced on Friday, the desired player signed a contract until June 2028. According to media reports, the Leipzig team will transfer around 40 million euros to the French runners-up RC Lens, and the sum should be able to increase through performance-related bonus payments.
The 23-year-old attacker is to replace Christopher Nkunku (to Chelsea for 60 million) and replaces Naby Keita as a record transfer, who moved from FC Salzburg to Saxony in 2016 for almost 30 million euros. In the past season, Openda played a key role in Lens’ runners-up position with 21 goals in 38 games.
“I’m very happy to be able to play for RB Leipzig from now on. The club is one of the best in the Bundesliga, plays regularly in the Champions League and has recently won the cup twice in a row. It’s an incredibly exciting club and I want to play in Leipzig are taking the next steps,” said Openda.
Sport managing director Max Eberl emphasized that “the transfer fee remained within our planned framework, and if success-oriented bonuses also occur, this means above all that we were able to celebrate sporting success together with the player.”
After the prominent and serious departures of Nkunku, Konrad Laimer, Dominik Szoboszlai and Angelino and the probable loss of defensive edge Josko Gvardiol (to Manchester City), Eberl is also working on signing the young central defender El Chadaille Bitshiabu. According to media reports, the Frenchman will sign until 2029 and cost up to 20 million euros.