Defender Subject Of Failed Summer Bid
Arsenal could buy RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano for a cut-price fee of £53 million next summer.
The France international was a target for the Gunners this summer and Arsenal saw a £55 million bid rejected by Leipzig. Reports from Germany claimed at the time that there is a release clause of between £72 million and £92 million (€80-100 million) in his contract with the German side. However, Leipzig have always claimed that the only person with a release clause in his contract was Naby Keita who left for Liverpool in 2018.
Upamecano is out of contract at Leipzig in 2021 and according to French newspaper L’Equipe that means he could be available for a reduced fee of €60 million (£53 million) next summer. His contract will have just one more year to run.
The 24-year-old almost joined Manchester United as an 18-year-old. The Red Devils agreed a fee of around £500,0000 with his then club, French side Valenciennes. However, they failed to meet his wage demands.
Upamecano joined Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg in 2014 and moved to sister club RB Leipzig in 2016.