RB Leipzig will sell centre-back Dayot Upamecano this summer – if his £53million (€60m) release clause is met by an interested club. Arsenal are one of several teams who want to sign the Frenchman.
Upamecano’s contract at Leipzig expires in June 2021 and so this is the last window in which the Bundesliga side can hope to extract full value for his talents.
As such, the Red Bull-owned outfit have decided they will cash in on the France under-21 international reopens – though not for less than his release clause, according to L’Equipe.
Upamecano has yet to make a decision on where he wants to move to, with a handful of clubs across Europe keen on him.
The 21-year-old has Arsenal, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and unnamed Italian sides all interested in signing him.
It is said the four English clubs have all made their interest known in different ways, while Barca and Real have been in touch with Leipzig about the centre-half.
No Premier League team has yet made a concrete approach, though Arsenal’s long-standing interest is well known.
Mikel Arteta wants a new centre-back this summer and Upamecano will no doubt be high on the Gunners’ list of options.
But they may be priced out of a move unless they can qualify for the Champions League, which depends on the Premier League campaign being resumed after the coronavirus crisis.
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According to L’Equipe, Bayern Munich are the only team to have made a concrete approach.
And the defender is represented by a German sports agency called SportsTotal, who have Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos as a client.
Bayern great Lothar Matthaus however believes Upamecano should stick around at Leipzig, who are into this season’s Champions League quarter-finals, a little longer.
“I can see him playing for all the big club when he gets more experience,” Matthaus told Sky Sport Germany.
“If he does leave, he needs to make sure his new coach or club gives him the confidence to play regularly – as he is doing at Leipzig.
“He’s a young player, highly rated, fast, has a good positional game and uses his body well for a 21-year-old. But a year or two in Leipzig would not hurt him.
“Leipzig are a top team – one of the last eight remaining in the Champions League.
“I can still see one or two per cent where he can learn, but he’s a huge player and that’s why I’m not surprised that top clubs in Europe are after him.
“But you can’t speculate much about change because you need to see how the [coronavirus] situation develops.”
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