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Official: Ademola Lookman seals €18m move to RB Leipzig

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RB Leipzig have announced their €18m capture of the highly-rated Ademola Lookman from Everton on a five-year contract.

Lookman previously played for Leipzig in the 2017/18 campaign on loan, where he impressed with five goals and four assists in 11 Bundesliga appearances.

Naturally, the German giants were keen to re-sign him for last summer only to be denied by Everton manager Marco Silva, who wanted Lookman for his debut season at Goodison Park.

But the England U-21 international struggled to break into the first-team and only made three Premier League starts for the Toffees.

Therefore, Everton have allowed Lookman to join Leipzig in a permanent transfer this summer.

“I am very happy to be back here and would like to continue where I left off in the second half of 2018 for RB Leipzig,” the 21-year-old told the club’s website.

“Of course, I am also looking forward to seeing my teammates again and would like to help the team to continue to celebrate great successes.

“Finally I can play again in the Red Bull Arena in front of this great backdrop and the fans. And last but not least, I would like to thank God, the fans and RB Leipzig for making my move possible. ”

Sporting director Markus Krosche said: “We are very pleased that it has worked hard to commit Ademola Lookman.

“It was a long process altogether, mainly because we would have liked to have him come last summer. But we have been persistent and that has now paid off.

“Ademola has been absolutely convincing during his six-month loan and he will now integrate again quickly and certainly enrich our offensive game with its dynamics even further. ”

After joining from Charlton Athletic in January 2017, Lookman made a total of 48 appearances for Everton and scored four goals.

Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu will join him at the Red Bull Arena for the new season on a loan deal.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 05: Ethan Ampadu of Chelsea during the FA Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on January 5, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)