German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig have signed striker Alexander Sørloth, effective immediately. RB Leipzig reached an agreemend with Crystal Palace and Trabzonspor for a transfer for the 24-year-old. The Norway international has signed a five-year contract until 2025 and will wear the number 19 shirt.
Sørloth, who stands at 1.95m tall, started his career at Rosenborg BK and went on to play for FC Groningen (Eredevise, Netherlands), FC Midtjylland (Superligaen, Denmark), Crystal Palace (Premier League, England) and KAA Gent (Jupiler Pro League, Belgium).
The attacker spent last season on loan at Turkish Süper Lig side Trabzonspor, where he scored 33 goals and registered eleven assists in 49 competitive games. The Norwegian international has picked up 24 caps for his country, making his debut in 2016.
RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff said, “We’re very pleased with the signing of Alexander Sørloth. Successfully pulling off this complex transfer was only made possible thanks to the good co-operation among our team, who I’d expressly like to thank. Not only does Alexander fit our philosophy perfectly, he is a tough centre forward who can also play out wide, who is the missing piece to our squad-planning puzzle this season.”
RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krösche said, “In Alexander Sørloth, we’ve signed the player who we targeted for the open position in attack. He is a very physical and technically adept player, and is gifted in the air and finishing. Alexander has all the capabilities that are important for our style of football. He’s just had a fantastic season in Turkey, where he could demonstrate his qualities as a goalscorer and also as a chance creator. We’re looking forward to working together to achieve our objectives for the new season.”
RB Leipzig latest signing Alexander Sørloth added, “After the initial talks, it quickly became clear to me that I wanted to play for RB Leipzig. The club were impressive in the league last season, and even more so in the Champions League. The attacking brand of football that Julian Nagelsmann plays suits me well. I’m looking forward to challenge together in the Bundesliga as well as the Champions League.”