Dayot Upamecano has reportedly picked his next destination, as his departure from RB Leipzig seems imminent.
Widely-regarded as one of the most promising young defenders in Europe, Upamecano has come under the spotlight for his jaw-dropping performances for Leipzig over the past few years. Despite being just 22 years of age, the Frenchman already has over 100 Bundesliga appearances under his belt. This season alone, he has only skipped two top-flight matches for Die Roten Bullen, continuing to be an omnipresent figure for Julian Naglesmann’s side. In addition to boasting extraordinary physical qualities, the highly-rated centre-back also possesses impressive anticipation and ball control.
Understandably, a host of Europe’s top sides have set their sights on Upamecano. Only last summer, the former RB Salzburg man was a subject of wild transfer speculations about a potential move to the Premier League. Indeed, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Chelsea were determined to land the towering defender but found no luck convincing Leipzig to green-light the move. Mikel Arteta was desperate to make Upamecano his backline leader. However, Leipzig’s unwillingness to budge on the youngster’s €42.5million release clause eventually blew the Gunners out of the water.
Arsenal have now let the chance to sign Upamecano slip through their fingers, as Bayern Munich appear to be a step away from capturing the Leipzig star. The Bavarians also hold a long-term interest in the player, though all of their previous attempts to clinch a deal with the Red Bull outfit came to no avail. But, the reigning Bundesliga title-holders are now on the verge of completing Upamecano’s arrival in the latest turn of events.
Several reports coming in today suggest the player’s entourage has already struck an agreement with Bayern over his client’s summer move to the Allianz Arena [per RMC]. In fact, Bayern have agreed to pay the centre-back’s release clause after receiving the go-ahead from his agents. Hansi Flick’s decision to splash out cash on Upamecano comes as no surprise, as Jerome Boateng and David Alaba are both set to leave Munich at the end of the season. Both players have not extended their respective contracts at Bayern for different reasons and will be free to join the clubs of their own taste comes the next summer.