Source: Sead Hakšabanović is not a New York Red Bulls target

New York Red Bulls not after Sead Haksabanovic. (Photo by Ira L. Black - Corbis/Getty Images)
New York Red Bulls not after Sead Haksabanovic. (Photo by Ira L. Black - Corbis/Getty Images) /

Sead Haksabanovic remains linked to the New York Red Bulls in a recent report out of Sweden, but a number of top European clubs are the more likely destination for the attacking midfielder.

Two months ago, Hakšabanović was heavily rumored to the New York Red Bulls with reports that a deal for the player was imminent. Fansided’s ‘MLS Multiplex’ learned that a transfer with Swedish club IFK Norrköping could not be finalized, leaving the player on the outs from joining the New York Red Bulls.

Now, a report this week again linked the player to a MLS move and specifically to the Red Bulls. But, according to a source close to the situation, the move to the United States and specifically the Red Bulls, is off for now.

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Nothing has changed from the last report a month ago by ‘MLS Multiplex’ stating that Hakšabanović to the Red Bulls is off.

Five clubs in Europe including one in the German Bundesliga and three in Serie A make-up his current list of suitors. A source close to the situation said that with the Red Bulls no longer in the mix that Werder Bremen, Atalanta, Fiorentina and Torino along with Belgium heavyweights Club Brugge are currently showing the most interest in the 21-year old wide player.

Offers have already come in from Werder Bremen and Torino the source said. Hakšabanović has appeared with Montenegro’s national team 15 times.

The move for Hakšabanović was an impressive bid from the Red Bulls, considering that the winger is a rising star in Europe who signed with an English Premier League side as a teenager. With a tremendous work rate and good ability on the ball as well as in 1 v. 1 situations, he’d have been an ideal fit for the pressing and counter-pressing Red Bulls.

Also with the Red Bulls, there would have been a good pathway for Hakšabanović to return back to Europe with either Red Bull Salzburg or Red Bull Leipzig.

In 2019, the New York Red Bulls moved midfielder Tyler Adams on a transfer to Leipzig after the then teenager earned a starting place and starred for the MLS side’s roster. After the completion of this season, midfielder Caden Clark is expected to leave New York and join Leipzig as well.

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