Out-of-form defender given summer ultimatum, as Arsenal, Man Utd observe

Date published: Tuesday 9th June 2020 4:16

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Dayot Upamecano has been informed he will be sold this summer unless he signs a new contract with RB Leipzig.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham have been linked with the 21-year-old, while Bayern Munich are also believed to be interested in the centre-back.

Upamecano, whose current contract runs until June 2021, has a release clause of €60million that will expire at the end of this month.

Last month Sky Sports repeatedly claimed the centre-back would extend his contract by another year to 2022.

“He has been given an improved salary and he will have another year to develop playing regularly for one of the best teams in Germany,” read the article.

That deal has never been forthcoming though and RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche spoke out to deny the talk.

“Dayot isn’t about to sign anything, neither here nor anywhere else,” he said in an interview with Sport Bild in May.

And now it appears the defender will be sold when the summer transfer window opens as Leipzig try to avoid losing him for free next summer.

Red Bull head of football Oliver Mintzlaff told Bild: “‘Upa’ is an extremely important player for us and one of the most sought-after talents in Europe.

“And we can assure that we have a clear understanding with him and his agent he won’t leave us on a free. We can’t afford that as a club.

“There are only two options: prolong or leave. I am sure we’ll soon find out in which direction it’s going.”

Upamecano ‘is not at his best’

Upamecano has developed into one of the most promising defensive talents in Europe and he has featured 33 times for the Bundesliga club this season, but his form has been erratic since the competition returned after the coronavirus pandemic.

And he was sent off in the 1-1 draw with Paderborn last Saturday, with coach Julian Nagelsmann critical of his form.

“Upamecano is not playing at his best at the moment,” Nagelsmann told a press conference.

“He has already played very good matches this season. He was very involved [against Paderborn] but he was not very lucky in his interventions.

“And this not to mention his two boxes and his expulsion. He knows he can be better. Not bad.

“He’s still a young player. He has talent but still lacks regularity. It can be understood. He has done some really good things this season. So everything should be fine for him in the future.”

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