After what felt an era-defining project was well underway, it’s safe to say that the RB Leipzig project has hit a snag. While Julien Nagelsmann is set to take over in the 2019-20 season, this year Ralf Rangnick steps down from his more senior role to take the team for the season. Continuity might work, but it does leave the club in a rather precarious position.
With Naby Keita now out the door and on his way to Liverpool, questions over the future of other star players like Emil Forsberg have become apparent. While the Swedish international done little in the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the Quarter-Finalists, he still is seen as one of the most impressive playmakers not already at a top side.
At present, links have appeared to link him with a move to AS Roma. According to Bild, the Swede was reported as saying: “Roma want me? I’m flattered by the interest of the clubs who want me. I’m aware of it. For the moment, however, I’m only focused on Leipzig.”
While it looked like Roma would secure the signing for Bordeaux forward Malcolm, the Brazilian chose to go to FC Barcelona instead. While Forsberg is both a different profile and age of player, he would offer a Roma side that feels light on creativity an extra offensive option.
With 15 goals in his 70 games for the Bundesliga team, he would offer Roma something different to what is previously available at the Stadio Olimpico.