Dayot Upamecano is prioritising playing time at the highest level when deciding which club to join this summer, according to reports in France.

Schalke's Welsh forward Rabbi Matondo and Leipzig's French defender Dayot Upamecano vie for the ball during the German First division Bundesliga football match between FC Schalke 04 and RB Leipzig on February 22, 2020, in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany. (Photo by SASCHA SCHUERMANN / AFP)
Schalke’s Rabbi Matondo and Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano vie for the ball on February 22, 2020. (Photo by SASCHA SCHUERMANN / AFP)

L’Equipe (via GFFN) report that Upamecano can leave RB Leipzig this summer for €60m. The only question is over where he plans to go next. His priority is reportedly “playing time at the highest level”. He doesn’t want to join a big club to be third or fourth choice.

It’s not really clear whether this is good or bad news for Arsenal. The media have linked Upamecano with a move to North London regularly recently.

On the one hand, the Gunners can certainly offer playing time. On the other, it doesn’t look likely they’ll have Champions League football. If that’s what playing “at the highest level” means, then Arsenal are at a disadvantage.

The report goes on to suggest Bayern Munich are the only club to make a concrete approach so far. Though Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United all showed interest through intermediaries, none of them directly approached Leipzig.

With the current financial situation, €60m is also a much higher figure than it was. Maybe the likes of Manchester United can still afford it, but Arsenal’s record fee for a defender was already well below that (£35m). This rumour is a long shot right now.

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