Bayern Munich have reportedly won the race for the in-demand RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano after finding a verbal agreement with the player, reports in England suggest
Arsenal and Manchester United are set to miss out on their long-standing transfer target, as Upamecano reportedly struck an agreement with Bayern Munich over a summer transfer.
The news originally surfaced in Germany and later relayed by the Daily Mail claim the parties have found agreed on the terms, but the Bundesliga giants now have to deal with RB Leipzig.
Upamecano has a £52m release clause included in his contract at the Red Bull Arena, which the Bavarians have no intention of triggering as they hope to lower the price on the back of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Indeed, the perennial German champions will patiently wait for their domestic rivals to soften their stance regarding the 21-year-old defender, whose contract lasts until the next summer.
Therefore, Leipzig will face the last opportunity to cash in on the French youngster since they have no desire to allow him to move away for free at the end of the next season.
BILD | Dayot Upamecano is agreed to join FC Bayern.— Ehson (@Bayern_mania) April 28, 2020
Bayern would want to negotiate with Leipzig in order to reduce the 60 million euros amount. pic.twitter.com/IOgIxfCXyG
Upamecano has made a name for himself in the Bundesliga, becoming one of the most coveted young defenders in Europe, which could be one of the reasons he rejected a move to the Premier League.
Arsenal and Manchester United are both keen to reinforce their leaky backlines in the summer and have been watching the prodigious central defender for quite some time.
Mikel Arteta is aware that the Gunners’ defense needs some high-quality additions and is desperate to acquire another promising defender after snapping up William Saliba from St. Etienne last summer.
The Brazilian starlet will arrive at the Emirates at the end of the season after enjoying another impressive year in Ligue 1, but he is unlikely to shore up Arsenal’s defensive issues single-handedly.
On the other hand, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is searching for a reliable partner for Harry Maguire, who had notably stepped up his performances before the coronavirus outbreak halted his momentum.
The most expensive defender in the history of the game had started picking up the pace, helping United keep nine clean sheets in the last 11 games in all competitions before the pandemic postponed football indefinitely.
Eric Bailly is out of the contract in the summer and is increasingly heading towards the exit door after failing to extend his stay at Old Trafford, which could pave the way for a new centre-back.