Oliver Burke only moved to ambitious Bundesliga newcomers RB Leipzig last summer, becoming the most expensive Scottish footballer of all time when they paid Nottingham Forest £13 million for his jet-heeled talents, per Sky Sports.
However, though Leipzig stunned Europe by finishing as runners-up to Bayern Munich and qualifying directly for the Champions League, Burke discovered that Red Bull doesn’t necessarily give you wings.
With high-pressing manager Ralf Hasenhutl critical of Burke’s seemingly lackadaisical approach to tracking back, the 20-year-old was restricted to a bit part role, starting just five Bundesliga fixtures.
And it appears that Leipzig are now ready to admit defeat and send their club-record signing back to England after just 12 months.
Kicker report that the energy-drink fuelled outfit will listen to offers for Burke, who has four years remaining on his contract, and sporting director Ralf Rangnick has ruled out the potential of a loan move, meaning a permanent exit looks likely.
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The report indicates that a number of Premier League clubs have expressed an interest but, as it stands, Crystal Palace are at the front of the queue.
Frank de Boer’s side have been relatively quiet in the transfer market this summer, signing only Ajax’s Jairo Riedewald on a permanent deal. However, they will have to dig deep into their pockets in order to sign Burke, with Leipzig unwilling to accept less than the £13 million they paid Forest for Burke last summer.
A direct and powerful winger likened in some quarters to an adolescent Gareth Bale, Burke could be a potential replacement for Andros Townsend. The Mirror claim Palace will listen to offers for the England international, with Leicester and Stoke City keen.