The sporting director of RB Leipzig has told Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano to take his time before making a decision on his future.
As Arsenal continue their search for defensive reinforcements, Upamecano continues to be one of the highest-profile names to be linked with the club.
The French centre-back has impressed over the last few seasons at Leipzig, and now commands a price tag worth more than £50m.
At 21 years old, Upamecano clearly has a bright future ahead of him, and for that reason, will have to think carefully about his next step when he choose to leave Leipzig.
But their sporting director, Markus Krosche, insists Upamecano should be in no hurry over deciding to leave the club this summer.
“This is a far-reaching decision for a player,” he told German publication Kicker. “He should take his time with that.
“He has to be clear about exactly what he is going to do, how he sees his future.
“Maybe that has changed a bit as a result of the new situation.”
Those comments may have been a response to talk in March that Upamecano was ready to force through an exit from the Red Bull Arena in the summer, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich also linked.
Given that his contract expires in 2021, Upamecano could soon be on his way out of Leipzig, since the German club may be forced to cash in on him.
If he proves too expensive for Arsenal, they may turn their attentions to Manchester United’s Chris Smalling as part of a double raid on the Old Trafford club – while at left-back, they are ready to negotiate a free transfer for PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa.