RB Leipzig are reportedly keen on making a move for Celtic’s Kris Ajer. The Norwegian central defender is a target for Norwich City and Newcastle United in the Premier League but Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen appeared to be the favourites to sign the player. However, another German side is said to be keen on Ajer – RB Leipzig.
According to Fussball Transfers, the German side are keen on replacing Ibrahima Konaté and Dayot Upamecano with the Celtic defender.
Ajer, 23, scored the penalty that sealed the Quadruple Treble and won Players’ Player of the Year last season but showed defensive frailties over the course of the campaign. He is an intelligent defender that has bags of untapped potential but he clearly sees himself in a ‘Top 5 League’ after a successful spell at Celtic.More Stories / Latest
The player has also been linked with Premier League new-boys, Norwich City but Leverkusen remain in talks with Celtic over a potential deal worth £16m (Sky Sports). A move to a side with a lot of possession would likely suit Ajer’s strengths and a bidding war can only maximise the value of the player this summer. The Bundesliga is the best outcome for the player, with former partner Dedryck Boyata at Hertha Berlin and Jeremie Frimpong also at Leverkusen. RB Leipzig have impressive form developing players and Ajer would certainly jump at the chance to make that switch with Leipzig selling players to Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Liverpool in recent seasons.
Ajer joined Celtic from IK Start in 2016 for £500,000 as a midfielder; however, Brendan Rodgers retrained the youngster as a central defender and he went out on loan to prove his worth. The Norwegian became a first team regular striking up a partnership with Dedryck Boyata and impressing in the centre of defence. He has since gone from strength to strength only to plateau this season, likely because of the quality of players around him in defence.