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The Germany international only joined Die Roten last summer, having signed from Hoffenheim, but he could be heading towards the exit door after playing just 16 league games last season, and Kovac isn’t prepared to stand in his way.
“We are really well-catered for in midfield with numerous top players in that position. They cannot all play at the same time, therefore it makes sense that he looks elsewhere.”
The club’s sporting director also revealed after the match that the player had been granted permission to speak to Schalke 04 manager Domenico Tedesco.
Schalke 04 are also interested in Sebastian Rudy. Manager Domenico Tedesco has already met the player in Munich today [Bild] pic.twitter.com/Uew0PWPPwz
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) August 14, 2018
Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick has since denied the report, however.
“At the moment, Sebastian Rudy is not moving to Leipzig,” Rangnick told a news conference. “What the situation looks like in a week or two’s time, I know as little as everyone else in this room.”
Leipzig are understood to be keen on bringing Rudy in to fill the void left by Naby Keita’s move to Liverpool, but his salary bears cause for concern.
Kicker: Schalke & RB Leipzig are interested in Sebastian Rudy. The midfielder would cost between €15m and €20m. Schalke are favourites as they play Champions League and just got €37m from selling Thillo Kehrer. #FCBayern pic.twitter.com/rwKgiGG81V
— Home Bayern (@HomeBayern___) August 16, 2018
Still, the club are reportedly looking to secure a loan deal for the player, with an option to purchase him outright at the end of next season.