Hope for Arsenal as report reveals how key target could be lured away

Arsenal may be able to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano for a lower fee next summer when the release clause inserted in his contract decreases, according to a report.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the Frenchman, whose current deal with the Bundesliga side runs out in 2021.

One previous report claimed that a move for the 20-year-old was off the cards due to Leipzig wanting to remove the buyout clause, but French newspaper L’Equipe now claim that Arsenal could rekindle their interest when he is available for a lower fee at the end of the current campaign.

The news outlet claims that when Arsenal last made a bid for the defender – in the region of €60m – it fell short of the money required to buy Upamecano outright, believed to be between £72m and £92m.

However, the defender’s release clause will decrease to as little as £53m next summer which could act as a catalyst for Unai Emery’s side to restore their interest in the player.

Arsenal’s defence has been called into question on a number of occasions this season, with Emery’s favoured centre-back pairing of David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos failing to win over Roy Keane.