Respected journalist Christian Falk has poured cold water on talk of Manchester United making a move for Dayot Upamecano.
Upamecano has established himself as one of Europe’s top young defensive prospects and has recently been capped by France. That has led to links with Manchester United, Arsenal and Real Madrid, amongst others.
In fact ESPN reported that Ole Gunnar Solskajer wanted a deal doing now after identifying Upamecano as Harry Maguire’s dream partner. As such, he was pushing Ed Woodward to sanction the €60m (£53.7m) transfer.
The Daily Telegraph reported that United’s board had two reservations over the deal.
But now Sport Bild transfer expert Falk says rumours of a transfer to United for Upamecano are “not true”.
Rumors about a Transfer of Dayot Upamecano to @ManUtd this summer are NOT TRUE
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) September 2, 2020
Solskjaer is believed to be looking for a new centre-back, but the RB Leipzig is not on the agenda for United.
‘I have time’
The centre-back’s reputation has been growing over the last few years and he was particularly impressive as Leipzig reached the Champions League semi-finals last season.
But he appeared to take himself off the market after signing a new contract until 2023 in late July.
However, speaking ahead of France’s match against Sweden last month, Upamecano has revealed that his recent extension with the Bundesliga outfit did not preclude him from discussing his future with other teams.
“I have extended my contract with Leipzig,” Upamecano said, via a report on Goal. “I am targeted by several clubs, I speak with clubs, but I have time. We will see what happens in the future.”