RB Leipzig have secured the signing of Hee-Chan Hwang on Wednesday. The German club have announced the transfer on their official website as the Bundesliga club confirms that they have reached an agreement with Red Bull Salzburg for the Korean forward. Leipzig will pay an initial €9m, which could rise up to €15m through a series of bonuses.
Leipzig recently sold Timo Werner to Chelsea for a fixed €64m to Chelsea. Hwang is considered to be the direct replacement for the German international, though Leipzig is also still in the market for Werder Bremen’s Milot Rashica. The Kosovo international will only move to Leipzig if Bremen gets relegated from the Bundesliga.
Hwang came to Europe to play for FC Liefering – Salburg’s affiliate club – in 2015. A year later he was promoted to the Salzburg first team squad. He would then play 126 games for the Austrian club, scoring 45 goals and recording 29 assists. “In Hee-Chan Hwang we recruited a player who fits the profile we were looking for”, Leipzig technical director Markus Krösche said. “He can control the attacking positions, the wings and the center in all attacking positions. With his speed and mobility, he makes our attack more flexible.”