RB Leipzig is now ready to sell Amadou Haidara for just half the price offered by Newcastle United during the January transfer market.
According to Sky Germany, the market around the Roten Bullen star has changed drastically in recent months. Haidara had the opportunity to sign a contract with the Bundesliga in the winter window, but now it is stuck in a difficult situation in Saxony.
Haidara suffered a season-ending medial collateral ligament injury in March, which has forced potential suitors to shy away. RB Leipzig has had to reduce their asking price, with Red Bull Arena managers now willing to accept offers worth only 25 million (21 million) to sell the 24-year-old.
Haidara is expected to return to RB Leipzig in the coming season, with interested parties avoiding discussing his move. The 32-cap Mali international was sought after only a few months ago, with clubs considering waiting until the summer for a release clause.
RB Leipzig is prepared to sell Amadou Haidara for half the amount offered by Newcastle in January.
In January, the Daily Mail reported that Newcastle and Manchester United were considering Haidaras signing from RB Leipzig. After naming Haidara as their top target, Eddie Howe was willing to spend 40 million.
Manchester United was reluctant to compete with the Toon at the time, as Red Devils bosses desired to wait for his 33-million release clause. The exit agreement only became effective at the end of the 2021/22 season, but it is no longer the bargain his likely suitors expected it to prove.
Haidara had excelled in the Bundesliga prior to a serious knee injury that forced him to withdraw from the final seven games. He anchored the Roten Bullen engine room over 20 top-flight matches, including four Champions League, two Europa League, and two DFB-Pokal encounters.
Haidara's understanding of the game and desire to compete were what pushed him to sign deals with Newcastle and Manchester United, but those qualities are no longer enough despite RB Leipzig's desire to sell their general, whom technical director Christopher Vivell applauds.
Vivell said in a statement from Bundesliga.com that his irrepressible desire to win and his passion are characterized by his good technique and understanding of the game.