Gunners Offer £55m
Arsenal have seen a bid of £55 million rejected by Bundesliga side RB Leipzig for French defender Dayot Upamecano.
The Gunners put in bid for the 20-year-old this week but reports from Germany claim Leipzig turned down the bid while one UK outlet claims they pointed to a release fee of €100 million (£92 million) for the France Under-21 international.
The Daily Mirror claims the release fee clause exists in Upamecano’s contract with the German side although there are doubts as to whether there is any such clause. When Naby Keita’s release clause was triggered by Liverpool in 2016, Leipzig claimed he was the only member of their squad to have such a provision in his contract.
Arsenal want a central defender to replace Laurent Koscielny who left for Bordeaux on Tuesday for a fee of around £5 million. The Gunners have already approached Juventus over a loan deal for Daniele Rugani but have been told the Italy international will only leave on a permanent transfer.
Leipzig are expected to step up their efforts to persuade Upamecano to sign a new deal with the club. His present contract runs to 2021.
Arsenal youngster Emile Smith-Rowe spent last season on loan at Leipzig but while some outlets have speculated over a possible deal involving the 19-year-old moving to Germany on a permanent basis the chances of that happening are close to zero.