Manchester United to move for £38m Dayot Upamecano next summer

Manchester United will pursue RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano next summer, according to The Times.

The French defender quickly emerged as one of the best centre-backs in Europe last season. At 22, it’s no wonder clubs like Manchester United are tracking him.

The Sunday World suggest Liverpool could make a move for the RB Leipzig defender following the long-term injury suffered by Virgil van Dijk.

But United will be in hunt for Upamecano when next summer’s transfer window opens, with the report claiming that he will have an active £38m release clause when it does.

The Times claim Upamecano’s release clause has been cut down from £45m, which is an added bonus for any potential suitor.

Last year United spent big on bringing in Harry Maguire from Leicester City, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that United’s defence is far from done.

The Times reckon Upamecano could be the man to come in and partner Maguire next season.

And £38m would be a very food price to pay for his services.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Leipzig at Old Trafford, Solskjaer refused to be drawn on a potential move for the defender, but went out of his way to admit he is a top player.

“There’s always rumours and speculation about other players and Manchester United,” Solskjaer said (via Manchester Evening News). “I don’t want to comment on every player we’re linked to.

“Since he’s playing against us tomorrow, I know he’s a very good player and we can see him close up tomorrow.”

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