Agent reveals coveted defender came close to signing for Man Utd for just £2m

Dayot Upamecano’s agent has revealed just how close the defender came to joining Manchester United in 2015.

The RB Leipzig star has been linked with a host of top European clubs this year. According to the Mirror,  Arsenal are interested in the 21-year-old with a potential January move on the cards.

But Upamecano’s agent Thierry Martinez has explained just how close United came to signing the youngster for just £2m four years ago.

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“An intermediary met with us, but between the project she presented us and what was actually going to happen,” Martinez told So Foot.

“A flat was promised, but that changed to a host family with only six return trips for his parents.

“When you uproot a player at such a young age, that isn’t enough.

“I wanted Dayot to have a stable emotional balance off the pitch.”

It’s a shame we didn’t get to see Upamecano develop at Old Trafford as he is regarded as a highly talented defender in the Bundesliga.

However, United are not short in central defensive options at the moment following Harry Maguire’s summer arrival. The England international is building a promising partnership with Victor Lindelof, with academy graduate Axel Tuanzebe waiting patiently for his chance.

Eric Bailly is also back in full training after suffering a serious knee injury in pre-season against Tottenham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face Arsenal at the Emirates on New Years Day as they look to make it three consecutive league victories.

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