Manchester City have announced that Angelino is going on loan to RB Leipzig. The Spaniard has not had a particularly bad season and was getting playing time in City’s left-back rotation, but he apparently believes he will get more playing time in the Bundesliga.
Angelino Moves to RB Leipzig
After a summer move from PSV for €12 million, Angelino seemed like part of the plan. At the very least, he was going to be cover for the often injured Benjamin Mendy and he has been used sparingly in his six months in Manchester. He has made 12 appearances, including ten starts, this season.
Those ten starts, though make him the third choice left-back. Mendy has made 18 appearances and Oleksandr Zinchenko has appeared in 15 games. Now that both are healthy, it’s likely that Angelino would play even less going forward.
So, a move to Leipzig will make a lot of sense. It is a loan move with an option to buy in the summer for €30 million. It’s a real chance for Angelino to get solid playing time while competing for the Bundesliga title. Leipzig are currently one point ahead of Bayern Munich in the standings with a host of chasers behind them.
Greasing the Wheels
Manchester City’s objective in completing this transfer seems to be more about future opportunities than Angelino. It’s no secret that Leipzig have one of the most talented young rosters in Europe. Manchester City are looking to create a solid relationship with a club that will hopefully lead to future transfer options.
Who would those options be? Sam Lee of The Athletic has already speculated that it could be players like Dayot Upamecano and Timo Werner. Both would make sense for Manchester City’s future plans, and Upamecano has been considered likely to move in the summer of 2020.