Manchester United are reportedly one of four top European clubs currently battling it out to land RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano. According to reports coming out of Germany, United have been joined in their pursuit of the highly-rated Frenchman by rivals Manchester City and Liverpool as well as Bayern Munich.
Upamecano, 21, joined RB Leipzig from RB Salzburg in 2017 in a transfer which cost the Bundesliga side a shrewd £9m, as per Transfermarkt.
After emerging as one of Europe’s most highly-rated centre-backs after showcasing a perfect blend of strength, speed and ball-playing ability, Upamecano has been hotly tipped to be the next name to get a big move.
It has been reported that despite Bayern Munich’s strong interest in the RB Leipzig defender, they’re unable to make an official approach until the long-term future of current defender David Alaba has been resolved.
Alaba’s contract expires at the end of this season and should the Bundesliga champions be unable to move him on, they will not be able to bring Upamecano in, in his place.
Elsewhere, it has been claimed that out of the Premier League trio tracking the 21-year-old, City remain the least likely to bring him in due to their excessive spending during the summer when they recruited Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias.
Sport Bild’s report would suggest that both United and Liverpool are front-runners to land the hugely talented RB Leipzig defender, however, the Frenchman’s preferred destination remains unknown.
Given how poor he was when United played RB Leipzig in the Champions League group stage, would you still want him to come to Old Trafford? – Let us know in the comments.