Manchester City have reportedly overtaken AC Milan and Arsenal in the race for the in-demand RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, reports say.
Although Arsenal hold a long-standing interest in Upamecano, the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis has weakened their economic power ahead of the summer transfer window.
Leipzig continue to demand €58m for their star defender, which is the price tag neither Milan nor the Gunners can afford at the moment.
The Frenchman is also eager to play in the Champions League next season, which puts the aforementioned duo out of the race.
However, Manchester City possess the financial capacity and can offer Upamecano the opportunity to perform in Europe’s elite club competition.
Indeed, according to the Sempremilan, the reigning Premier League title-holders are in the driver’s seat at the moment as Pep Guardiola looks to bolster his defensive options after a tumultuous campaign.
Aymeric Laporte and John Stones have both endured an injury-riddled season, respectively, leaving Nicolas Otamendi as the only reliable centre-back option.
Therefore, the Spanish manager is keen to add a new central defender to his well-structured squad to improve Manchester City’s chances of regaining the Premier League title next season.
Since Upamecano’s contract expires in summer 2021, the newly-found Bundesliga supreme force will have to either cash in on their prized asset in the coming months or accept the prospect of losing him for free next year.