Arsenal bid €60m for Dayot Upamecano this summer, and RB Leipzig are trying to extend his contract to remove an €80m release clause, according to reports in Germany.
SportBild (via Sport Witness) have confirmed the summer claims that Arsenal bid €60m for RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano. Leipzig rejected the offer, and they’re now trying to get the defender to extend his contract.
Upamecano’s deal expires in 2021, but more worryingly for the German side, he also has an €80m release clause active from next summer. Given Arsenal were willing to bid just €20m short of that this year, it’s very possible they’ll go back again in 2020.
As a result, Leipzig want him to extend and remove the clause from his deal. Sport Witness also highlight that L’Equipe claimed the release clause was dropping to €60m, not €80m, so the exact details aren’t entirely clear.
The 20-year-old Frenchman is considered one of the top defensive talents in the Bundesliga right now. He recently returned from injury to feature in Leipzig’s last two league matches, after making 22 appearances last season.
Upamecano is strong in the air, winning two-thirds of his aerial duels, and he also averages over two interceptions per match (more than any Arsenal player this season). He still has areas of his game to iron out, but he’d make a great signing.