Further consolidation in defence! Uruguayan Marcelo Saracchi becomes our second new signing of the summer. The 20-year-old joins RB Leipzig from Argentinian top-flight side Club Atlético River Plate and has signed a five-year contract, running up until June 2023.
The U20 international player moved from the top Uruguayan league to Argentinian record champions River Plate in August 2017 and played 22 games last season.
Welcome to Leipzig, Marcelo!
Sporting director Ralf Rangnick:
“Marcelo Saracchi is a young, fast left-back, who attracted attention in only his first season in the Argentinian top flight with his impressive performances.”
He also showed his talent on the international stage with the Uruguay U20 team and impressed with the way he interprets the role of a left-back. His mindset and potential fit well with our philosophy as a club.”
“I’m happy that I’ll be able to wear the RB Leipzig kit in the upcoming season. I’ve followed the progress of the club since its promotion to the Bundesliga. I’ve been really impressed with how such a young team has been such a sensation in one of the best leagues in the world. I like the aggressive and attacking style of play and I’m looking forward to the challenge in Europe.”
Marcelo Saracchi profile:
- Born: 23.04.1998 (in Paysandú, Uruguay)
- Age: 20
- Nationality: Uruguayan
- Preferred foot: Left
- Height: 1.72m
- Position: Left-back
- 08/2017 until 06/2018: Club Atlético River Plate
- 07/2015 until 08/2017: Danubio
- Youth club: Danubio (2011 until 2015)
2017-18 season stats:
- Primera División: 16 appearances | 1 assist | 1,381 minutes played
- CONMEBOL Libertadores: 6 appearances | 525 minutes played