RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano has confirmed he’s held negotiations with interested clubs to leave the Bundesliga giants this summer. France international has been strongly linked with a move to Man United, with the Norwegian manager keen to partner the defender with Harry Maguire.
Dayot is one of the hottest prospects in world football and his displays on RB Leipzig’s run to the UCL semi-finals caught the eyes of Europe’s elite. Upamecano extended his deal with Bundesliga giants in July but the contract was a relatively short one, running until 2023.
There is believed to be a release clause in the deal that allows the 21-year-old defender to leave for only over £40m and the centre-back has confirmed he’s held negotiations with several unnamed clubs about leaving Leipzig. ‘I extended in Leipzig because I feel good with my team-mates and my coach. I’m good at Leipzig,’ said Frenchman.
‘It’s true that I’m in great demand. I speak with clubs, but I’m in no rush and we’ll see what happens in the future.’ While the Norwegian manager is keen on the French defender, there remains some disagreement on the Red Devils board over a move for the centre-back this summer.
At 21, there are doubts that Dayot is set to step into the first team and become a regular alongside Maguire. Secondly, some members of the board feel Upamecano would improve more with another campaign in Germany when the club could then activate his release clause and sign him for a cheaper fee.
Upamecano did admit, however, that he has previously held negotiations with some clubs about leaving Leipzig, so it may well be that that offers Red Devils some hope for the future.