Arsenal’s deal for Dayot Upamecano was meant to be off but now it could be back on again.
At the end of May, it was reported that potential deals for Wilfried Zaha, James Maddison and Dayot Upamecano were all off after Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Highly-rated 20-year-old centre-back Upamecano is one who had drawn interest from North London with Arsenal holding initial talks over his signature. With a smaller budget and no Champions League football, the Daily Mail claimed it was not going to happen anymore.
The Mail claimed Arsenal would look at the likes of Ryan Fraser and Getafe centre-back Djene Dakonam instead.
A few days later, however, it was still being claimed that Arsenal are interested in Upamecano.
Upamecano has been linked with Arsenal for some time now. The first story we covered was back in November 2017 when he reportedly had an £89m release clause.
One year later, Matteo Guendouzi kicked things off again when he shared a picture alongside Upamecano on his Instagram page, getting some Arsenal fans excited.
But the links go back even further than 2017 with The Mirror reporting in 2015 that Arsenal were close to signing him for £1m.
Instead, Upamecano ended up with Red Bull Salzburg in a move that cost them £1.98m.
Now he will most likely cost in excess of £30m.