Man Utd beaten in race for €60m defensive ace as Munich swoop

Date published: Thursday 23rd April 2020 12:12

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Manchester United look set to lose out in their bid to highly-rated centre-back Dayot Upamecano after RB Leipzig decided to sell the player this summer.

A report in L’Équipe claims that the 21-year-old France youth star looks set to be on the move, although he has yet to decide where he wants to play his football next summer.

Upamecano’s current contract comes to an end in June 2021 and it would appear that Leipzig are looking to cash in for a fee of around €60m fee for a player who has been linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs.

Arsenal and Manchester City are known to have joined United in the hunt for the defender, while Barcelona, Real Madrid and several Italian sides are also said to have been in touch over the player’s availability.

However, the report states that not a single Premier League side has made a concrete approach to Leipzig as of yet, despite Upamecano revealing that he is attracted by a switch to England.

That leaves Bayern Munich as the only side to have made a concrete approach for the player and leaves them as the firm frontrunners for Upamecano’s signature.

The Frenchman has been represented for nearly two years now by SportsTotal, a powerful German agency who boast former Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos on their books, and that is said to give them the edge over any move.



Meanwhile, Manchester United target Jadon Sancho has reportedly had his transfer value slashed by Borussia Dortmund ahead of the summer window.

The England international winger has had another brilliant campaign in Germany, emerging as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top attacking target as a result.

But, while the cost of any potential deal has been reduced, the Red Devils will still have to spend big to get their man, according to Dortmund based newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten, via the Daily Express. Read more…


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