Hwang Hee-chan joins Leipzig from Salzburg

South Korean forward Hwang Hee-chan joins Leipzig from from sister club Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old Hwang, who has made 32 appearances for South Korea, signed a five-year deal with Leipzig and will wear the No. 11 jersey, the Bundesliga club said.

Hwang is the 17th transfer from Austrian side Salzburg to Leipzig. Red Bull, the energy drinks company, is a longtime main sponsor to both Salzburg and Leipzig. He follows the likes of Naby Keita, Amadou HaidaraDayot Upamecano and Konrad Laimer in making the switch to Germany.

Hwang will be expected to help fill the gap left by Germany striker Timo Werner’s departure for Chelsea. Leipzig is also reportedly targeting Werder Bremen forward Milot Rashica and are working on keeping Patrik Schick beyond his loan deal from Roma.

Hwang scored 16 goals and set up 22 more in 40 games across all competitions for Salzburg last season. He spent the previous season on loan at Hamburger SV in Germany’s second division. Hwang joined Salzburg from the Pohang Steelers academy in Korea in January 2015.

Hwang Hee-chan joins Leipzig in one of the earliest deals this July, and if you want to keep up with the latest transfer news, stay tuned for more.


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