Dayot Upamecano now looks like signing a one-year extension to his contract with RB Leipzig, containing a new release clause for 2021.

Leipzig's French defender Dayot Upamecano (L) and Bremen's Dutch defender Davy Klaassen vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match RB Leipzig vs SV Werder Bremen, in Leipzig, eastern Germany on February 15, 2020. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)
Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano (L) and Bremen defender Davy Klaassen on February 15, 2020. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

According to Sky Sport in Germany, Upamecano will sign an extension with RB Leipzig to 2022. Negotiations are already complete, and the deal will include a new release clause for the summer of 2021. We don’t know the exact value of this clause.

This seemingly brings an end to the rumours of a transfer to a top club this summer. Most recently, reports suggested Bayern Munich had an agreement in principle with the player.

Sky Sports in England suggested Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal were all in the race at some stage. Now, all those clubs will need to wait another year to bring in the France u21 international.

If true, the decision makes sense. Upamecano knows this summer will involve financial restrictions on a large number of clubs. That means less competition for his signature, as well as lower wages and a smaller cut of his transfer fee.

He’s still just 21, he can afford to spend another year developing with Leipzig. Then he can get a big-money move to whichever club he wants to join. That’s assuming everything is a bit more back to normal by then.

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