Mourinho to rival Arteta as clubs sanction £50m defender move

Date published: Monday 30th December 2019 11:05

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Arsenal and Tottenham are set for a bidding war over RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, claims a report.

The Daily Express claim that new boss Mikel Arteta is looking to sign a centre-back and the club are willing to meet Leipzig’s £50million valuation for Upamecano ahead of the January transfer window.

Arsenal spent heavily this summer with the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos and David Luiz all arriving in high-profile deals, but it seems Arteta can already see weaknesses in his squad and he is already turning his attentions towards January.



“We need players back from injuries, first of all, to be more solid, more compact,” Arteta told Sky Sports. “And then we might need to do one or two things if the right players become available, to help us.

“But at the moment I am more concerned with getting the maximum out of the players available to us.”

Upamecano is seen as an upgrade on Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz, while Man City are also believed to be interested in the defender.

The Gunners had attempted to capture the French centre-back over the summer but were put off by his £70m asking price.

But a report in Calciomercato in October claimed that Arsenal could come back in for the player, with his release clause now reportedly at a lower figure.

The powerful centre-back is widely regarded as one of the hottest properties in the Bundesliga and has a list of admirers, including Serie A giants Milan.

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