RB Leipzig seem to be preparing for life after Dayot Upamecano by lining up a summer deal to bring in defender Mohamed Simakan.
Various reports indicate that the Bundesliga outfit will sign Simakan from Strasbourg for €15m. He will undergo a medical next week, according to Goal, but not sign until the summer.
The defender has shown promise since debuting for Strasbourg in 2019. He has made 44 appearances for them in total and has a bright future ahead of him.
Simakan was a target for West Ham and Southampton in 2020, and over time, he has attracted more interest.
AC Milan were particularly keen to sign him, but ultimately opted for Fikayo Tomori on loan from Chelsea instead.
There were some claims that Liverpool would try to sign Simakan, but they have settled for Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies.
Hence, the 20-year-old will be heading to a different destination. Leipzig have agreed a deal in advance to sign him in the summer.
That suggests they see him as a replacement for Upamecano – who has been linked with a Premier League move.
Bayern Munich are also keen to sign Upamecano, but they have revealed they are battling two English clubs for his signature.
Upamecano could follow Simakan with switch
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that Chelsea and Liverpool are also competing for the current Leipzig defender.
He told Sky Germany: “In addition to Bayern Munich, there are at least two quite attractive clubs interested. The fact is that the player is interesting, and the fact is that we will almost certainly lose David Alaba in that position.
“I can’t say if there will be other departures in that position.
“The fact that Chelsea and Liverpool are also interested in him proves that he has very good qualities. He can replace David Alaba.”
Upamecano signed a new contract with Leipzig last summer. However, it seems almost certain he will be leaving at the end of the season.
With a replacement now seemingly lined up, talk of an exit for the Frenchman will only accelerate. All that remains to be seen is where he will end up.