Arsenal has received a boost in the pursuit of RB Leipzig’s central defender Dayot Upamecano, who has reportedly informed the Bundesliga club that he plans to leave this summer.
The 21-year-old is a long-term goal for Gunners, and the club in North London is said to have even bid 60 million euros to lure him out of the RB Arena last summer.
The Frenchman has shone since moving from the sister club RB Salzburg to Leipzig in 2017 and played 104 games for Julian Nagelsmann.
Upamecano was, however, associated with a move to a number of European clubs as his contract expired in 2021 and no renewal was agreed.
And Mikel Artetas arsenal could be prepared to step up the pursuit of the youngster. The German outlet Sport Bild reports that Upamecano has informed the club that it would like to leave this summer.
RB Leipzig will want to benefit from their star to benefit from the £ 9m paid in 2017 before leaving free of charge next summer.
The Gunners could choose to bid 60 million euros again, as this is supposed to be Upamecano’s release clause, although they may refuse to spend so much on an evolving player, given the uncertainty surrounding football during the Corona virus Outbreak.
Leipzig can choose to sell for less, although the sought-after middle also attracts the attention of European giants like Bayern Munich and Liverpool and Upamecano is sure to pay a substantial price.
The French Under-21 international has yet to make his senior team debut, though he will surely break Didier Deschamps’ plans if he keeps his current rate of development.
Upamecano can also be used in defensive midfield and has so far scored four career goals and provided three assists.