Diego Demme moves from the Bundesliga leader to a struggling Serie A side


RB Leipzig has achieved a meteoric rise in European football despite not spending obscene sums of money on transfers like so many "new" big clubs have. The German side has built the team up steadily and the stability of the Red Bulls shows that enough. But the Bundesliga leaders have allowed an inexplicable transfer to happen as they've sold their key player mid-season.

Diego Demme is not only an important player but he often wore the team's leader armband as he served as the vice-captain. Now, RB Leipzig allowed the German international to leave mid-season and join Napoli. A struggling Serie A side that will need a miracle to reach European competitions at the end of the season.

The Bulls didn't even cash-in on the player in his prime years, as the 28-year-old who played 17 league games for the German team was sold for only €12,000,000. A laughable sum at today's market.

Demme was a key player in Leipzig's ascent to the top German league, having been at the club since the third division.

"I'm proud to have played a part in RB Leipzig's journey. Leipzig will always be a part of me. I am so thankful to the club and all the people here, and will come back again and again. These six challenging and successful years have allowed me to fulfil my childhood dream, my lifelong goal. I am happy about the great times behind me and the incredible things to come," said the German.

The former sporting director of Milan Massimiliano Mirabelli revealed that Gennaro Gattuso wanted Demme at San Siro as well. Now, the former defensive midfielder got the player he sought.

Napoli's current director Cristiano Giuntoli said that the club filled in some spots with the arrival of Demme and the Slovak midfielder Stanislav Lobotka who also arrived at San Paolo from Celta for around €6,000,000. 

"Demme is a midfielder who brings order, sits deep and can move the ball around from there. The other lad who we are very close to can also play in that deep-lying role, but as a mezzala too, so we are filling two empty slots in the squad," said Guintoli.

Some transfer deals have clear winners or losers and at the end of the season, it might become clear for Leipzig which they were.


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