Leipzig's most expensive signings - How Bundesliga side spent almost €600 million on incoming transfers

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Exactly how much money have Leipzig spent on new players in this millennium?

RasenBallsport Leipzig, aka Leipzig, came into existence in 2009 and since then rose through the lower divisions in the German leagues to reach the Bundesliga in 2016.

They finished as runners-up in the 2016-17 season, thus qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in their history and in the 2019-20 season, they reached the semi-final of the tournament.

Over the years, the German giants have spent a significant amount of money on some great young talent. Timo Werner was a breakout star for them, as well as Naby Keita, Dani Olmo and many others.

How much have Leipzig spent on such players over the years? Who is their most expensive signing ever?

Let's take a look!

Leipzig most expensive transfers by season






David Raum




Andre Silva




Dominik Szoboszlai




Dani Olmo




Amadou Haidara




Kevin Kampl




Naby Keita




Davie Selke




Omer Damari




Yussuf Poulsen




Dominik Kaiser




Marcus Hoffmann




Carsten Kammlott









*All stats via Transfermarkt

Leipzig's top 10 most expensive player signings

  1. Kevin Kampl | €20 million | Bayer Leverkusen | 2017
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    #10 Kevin Kampl | €20 million | Bayer Leverkusen | 2017

    Leipzig signed Kevin Kampl in the summer transfer window of 2017, paying €20 million for his signature from Bayer Leverkusen.

    Kampl previously featured for Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund before signing for Leverkusen in 2015.

    The Slovenia international signed a four-year contract in 2017 and has since then gone on to make over 180 appearances for Leipzig.

  2. Alexander Sorloth | €20 million | Crystal Palace | 2020

    #9 Alexander Sorloth | €20 million | Crystal Palace | 2020

    Norwegian striker Alexander Sorloth arrived at Crystal Palace in the January transfer window in 2018 when the Premier League club signed him for €9 million.

    One year later, he was loaned to Gent in January 2019 before being loaned to Trabzonspor in August 2019.

    In September 2020, Leipzig came calling, signing him for €20m.

    However, after just one season in Germany, in August 2021, he was loaned to Real Sociedad for two seasons.

  3. Timo Werner | €20 million | Chelsea | 2022
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    #8 Timo Werner | €20 million | Chelsea | 2022

    Leipzig made Timo Werner one of their most expensive signings on two occasions with the latest coup coming in August 2022, when they signed him back from Chelsea for €20 million.

    Werner spent two seasons at Chelsea, making 56 appearances, scoring 10 goals in what was an underwhelming spell considering what was expected of him before this transfer.

    The German made a decent start to his second spell at Leipzig and seamlessly settled into their team.

  4. Dominik Szoboszlai | €22 million | Salzburg | 2020
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    #7 Dominik Szoboszlai | €22 million | Salzburg | 2020

    Szoboszlai signed for Salzburg in 2018 before going on to make 56 appearances for them in a three-year spell, scoring 16 goals.

    The attacking midfielder's performances saw him sign for Leipzig in December 2020 with them paying €22 million for his signature, making him the most expensive Hungarian player in history.

    Szoboszlai has made 40 appearances for Leipzig, scoring seven goals.

  5. Timo Werner | €23 million | Stuttgart | 2016

    #6 Timo Werner | €23 million | Stuttgart | 2016

    Making his name in this list for a second time, Leipzig signed Timo Werner as a 20-year-old from Stuttgart back in June 2016.

    The German club paid a €23 million fee for the striker who went on to become one of the most prolific forwards in Europe.

    In his four-year first spell at Leipzig, Werner made 127 appearances, scoring 78 goals before Chelsea signed him for a €53m fee in 2020.

  6. Andre Silva | €23 million | Eintracht Frankfurt | 2021
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    #5 Andre Silva | €23 million | Eintracht Frankfurt | 2021

    Portuguese striker Andre Silva began his career at senior level at Porto in 2016 before moving to Milan in 2017 for a €38 million fee.

    The forward could only make 25 appearances for Milan while spending the majority of his time on loans to Sevilla and Eintracht Frankfurt.

    The German club decided to sign him for just €3m in the summer of 2020. Silva shone at Frankfurt, scoring 28 goals in 32 games in the 2020-21 season.

    A year later, Leipzig came calling, signing him for €23m.

  7. Benjamin Sesko | €24 million | Salzburg | 2023*
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    #4 Benjamin Sesko | €24 million | Salzburg | 2023*

    Slovenia international Benjamin Sesko joined Salzburg at youth level in 2019 and was promoted to the senior team in the same year.

    Since making his debut for the senior team, Sesko has scored nine goals in 38 games for Salzburg to date.

    His performances saw him linked with some of the top clubs across Europe.

    Leipzig took advantage of the Slovenian forward's rise at Salzburg, announcing in August 2022 that he will arrive at Leipzig in July 2023 for a €24 million fee.

  8. David Raum | €26 million | Hoffenheim | 2022
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    #3 David Raum | €26 million | Hoffenheim | 2022

    After graduating from Greuther Furth's academy in Bundesliga's second tier, David Raum went on to feature 94 times for them between 2016 and 2021 before signing for Hoffenheim as a free agent.

    Raum just spent one season at Hoffenheim, making 32 appearances and scoring three goals before Leipzig came calling, agreeing to pay €26 for his signature in the summer of 2022.

    The German international signed a five-year deal with the club.

  9. Dani Olmo | €29 million | Dinamo Zagreb | 2019
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    #2 Dani Olmo | €29 million | Dinamo Zagreb | 2019

    Dani Olmo's name started doing the rounds ever since he was part of Barcelona's La Masia academy from 2007 to 2014.

    The Spanish attacking midfielder started his senior career with Dinamo Zagreb in the summer of 2014 and went on to stay for five years making 80 appearances and scoring 20 goals.

    Leipzig saw his potential and signed him for €29 million in January 2020 and Olmo has gone on to make over 60 appearances for the club.

  10. Naby Keita | €29.75 million | Salzburg | 2016

    #1 Naby Keita | €29.75 million | Salzburg | 2016

    After excelling at youth level at Salzburg, Leipzig signed Guinean midfielder Naby Keita for €29.75 million in the summer of 2016.

    Keita was a revelation at Salzburg and so, much was expected of him at Leipzig.

    In his two years spent at Leipzig between 2016 to 2018, Keita played 58 games, scoring 14 goals and coming up with some incredible performances in central midfield, leading to some top European clubs vying for his signature.

    Liverpool won the race and signed him for a €60m fee in the summer of 2018.