Arsenal look to be leading the way in the race to sign Dayot Upamecano after the club received a ‘promise’ from Red Bull Leipzig that he will head to The Emirates this summer.
The defender has been attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs, with Man Utd, Man City and Bayern Munich all keeping tabs on his situation.
AC Milan are proving to be Arsenal’s biggest competition for his signature, with Leipzig keen to sell in the coming months if they cannot persuade Upamecano to sign a new contract.
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His current deal runs out next year, and Leipzig boss Julien Nagelsmann has already admitted his star has been unsettled by transfer speculation.
Now it seems Arsenal are the most likely destination for the 21-year-old, after reports in Italy claim Leipzig have told Milan he will join The Gunners at the end of the season.
Leipzig’s head of football Ralf Rangnick is rumoured to be replacing Milan manager Stefano Pioli at the San Siro, and has been planning to take Upamecano with him.
However he has been told such a move is unlikely, as Arsenal are already in pole position.
Upamecano would offer a perfect solution to Arsenal’s defensive woes.
Whilst he would cost a big fee, his £53million release clause would not break the bank for Arsenal, despite their current financial concerns.
Leipzig are still hopeful they can keep hold of the player, but with Timo Werner already set to depart, they are aware other players could follow suit.
The club’s chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff said recently: “Upa is an extremely important player for us and one of the most sought after talents in this position in Europe.
“One thing we know is that we have a very clear understanding with him and his adviser, that we will not let him go free.
“We cannot afford that as a club.
“So there are two options: extend or change. I am absolutely certain that we will know relatively quickly which direction we are going.”
(SOURCE: Mirror UK)
Source : independent.ng