Manchester City are set to hijack Arsenal’s interest in RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano with a January bid, according to a report.
Pep Guardiola has struggled for depth in defence this season, with the club’s failure to replace Vincent Kompany seeing midfielders Fernandinho and Rodri forced to fill in at centre-back at times.
With main centre-back Aymeric Laporte ruled out with a long-term injury, City are now reportedly considering bringing in a reinforcement in January, although Guardiola is keen to look to the future rather than making a panic buy.
That’s according to 90Min, who suggest that 21-year-old Upamecano is a primary target for when the winter transfer window opens.
Manchester United target Ruben Dias is also rumoured to be under consideration, but the fact that he is under contract at Benfica until 2024, whereas Upamecano’s Leipzig deal only has 18 months remaining, makes the Frenchman a more likely target.
Upamecano had been heavily linked with Arsenal in the summer, before the Gunners opted for a cheaper, more short-term option in David Luiz.
After they were quoted a €100m price tag for a January move, Arsenal’s interest has faded, but City are now emerging as a potential suitor.