RB Leipzig have completed the signing of Eljif Elmas from Napoli, the German club announced on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old Macedonian international has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Leipzig, which will run until June 2028. The transfer fee is reported to be €25 million.
Elmas has been a key player for Napoli in recent years, helping the club to win the Serie A title last season. He is a versatile midfielder who can play in a variety of positions, including central midfield, attacking midfield, and on the wing.
Elmas’s arrival is a major coup for Leipzig, who are looking to strengthen their squad ahead of the Champions League knockout stages. The club are currently third in the Bundesliga, just two points behind leaders Bayern Munich.
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Elmas began his career at Fenerbahçe in Turkey, where he made his professional debut in 2017. He moved to Napoli in 2019 and has since made 135 appearances for the club, scoring 12 goals.
Elmas has also been a regular for the Macedonian national team, making 55 appearances and scoring 12 goals. He was a key player for the team at Euro 2020, where they reached the round of 16.
What does Elmas bring to Leipzig?
Elmas is a talented and versatile midfielder who can add a lot to Leipzig’s squad. He is a good passer, dribbler, and finisher, and he is also capable of creating chances for his teammates.
Elmas’s arrival will give Leipzig more options in midfield. He can play in a variety of positions, which will give coach Domenico Tedesco more flexibility in his team selection.
Elmas is also a good fit for Leipzig’s style of play. The club are known for their attacking football, and Elmas’s creativity and attacking flair will be a valuable asset.