RB Leipzig captain Marcel Sabitzer has informed his club of his intention to leave at the end of the season, according to German publication Bild.
Sabitzer went through a number of clubs at different youth levels, but the start of his senior career came at Austrian FC Admira Wacker in 2011, when he was still only 17. He soon moved on to Rapid Vienna, and joined Leipzig in the summer of 2014. He has been a vital contributor to everything that has been achieved at the Red Bull Arena since, making a total of 219 appearances, scoring across all competitions, scoring 50 goals and producing 41 assists.
Primarily a central midfielder in a box-to-box role, the 46-cap Austria international is highly versatile, able to perform as a shield directly ahead of the back line, further up as a number 10, or on either attacking flank. At the moment, he is helping his team in a rather tight race against defending champions Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title, having guided them to the Champions League round of 16 where they were stopped by Liverpool.
The 27-year-old will be entering the final 12 months of his contract with Leipzig this summer, and it seems he has no intention of signing a new one. Such a stance, if it’s maintained for the rest of the campaign, would surely force the Bundesliga club to accept his departure this year in order to avoid the danger of losing him for free in 2022.
Looking at the situation from Arsenal’s point of view, Sabitzer would probably represent a decent option to replace either Granit Xhaka or Dani Ceballos. The Switzerland international has been linked with departure, while the Spaniard is still officially a Real Madrid player and is due to go back to the Spanish capital in the summer.
However, the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are also said to be keen on Sabitzer.