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Report: Marc Rzatkowski loan to New York Red Bulls due “this week”

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At least one RBNY transfer story seems to be progressing without incident

FC St. Pauli v 1860 Muenchen  -  2. Bundesliga Photo by Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images

The big New York Red Bulls transfer rumor of the moment - Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra’s proposed move to RBNY from Huracan - seems more likely to die of exhaustion than reach any satisfying conclusion. In the interim, there is strong evidence that the Red Bulls continue to seek to build out there roster in other ways.

Foremost among that evidence: Marc Rzatkowski’s reported loan from RB Salzburg to RBRehabNY. He is not a replacement for Kaku - not directly - but he would be an additional player on the roster, with the potential to force his way into the starting lineup from day one.

The German midfielder’s time at Salzburg has been interrupted by injuries, and he is conspicuously the fourth-oldest player on the current roster (he is 27: Salzburg likes a yong squad). But Red Bull’s Austrian outlet signed him for the ability he displayed for St. Pauli in 2.Bundesliga - and if he can recapture the form that got Salzburg’s attention, he will likely be a benefit to RBNY.

Salzburg is close to returning from winter break to rejoin the race for the Austrian Bundesliga title, and to see whether it can make a challenge for this year’s Europa League. On January 30, in a discussion of the team’s preparations for its next opponent in European competition - Real Sociedad - Salzburger Nachrichten reports that Rzatkowski’s loan to New York is expected to be announced “this week”.