Manchester United and Chelsea face competition to sign RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano as German heavyweights Bayern Munich confirm interest in keeping £38m defender in the Bundesliga
Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed the German champions are plotting to rival Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.
The 22-year-old is considered to be one of the most in-demand young players in Europe having seen his stock rise under Julian Nagelsmann at Leipzig.
With David Alaba set to leave Bayern in the summer on a free transfer Rummenigge revealed Bayern’s plan to ‘deal with it’ when asked if they would move for Upamecano as a replacement.
Bayern Munich have publicly declared their interest in RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano (left)
Upamecano signed a new Leipzig deal through until 2022 last year but is expected to move on at the end of the 2020-21 season given he has a well-documented £38million release clause written in.
‘We will of course deal with it, not only with this player, but in principle,’ Rummenigge said on Bild Live, ‘on the positions where we want to do and have to do something.’
He added: ‘In the time of coronavirus, the money situation is also an important factor.’
Many of Europe’s top sides are targeting Upamecano with doubts over their own defences amid expiring contracts and poor form.
Upamecano (right) is attracting interest from across Europe and has a £38m release clause
Real Madrid continue to have no resolution with captain Sergio Ramos while Barcelona have shown defensive frailties since the arrival of boss Ronald Koeman.
In the Premier League, Chelsea have looked shaky at the back in recent weeks and with Thiago Silva now 36, boss Frank Lampard holds an interest in the much younger Upamecano.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to search for a long-term partner to captain Harry Maguire.
He has used Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly alongside the England international but Upamecano is viewed as a generational talent in his position and is set to cause a frenzy with such an affordable release clause.
Bayern Munich view Upamecano as a top tier replacement for the departing David Alaba