RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano has been one of the most sought-after players in world football for some time. The 22-year-old has impressed for Leipzig since joining from sister side Red Bull Salzburg in 2017, earning links to a handful of Europe’s top clubs in the process.
Chelsea are said to view the Frenchman as a potential long-term replacement for veteran centre-back Thiago Silva, while speculation regarding United’s interest has repeatedly hit the headlines.
A summer departure from Leipzig is believed to be the most likely outcome, with a £40million release clause coming into effect at the end of the season expected to spark a melee to land his signature.
However, it has been revealed that there is a possibility he could join a new club as early as this month.
French outlet Foot Mercato has claimed that due to the effects of Covid-19 on Leipzig’s financial situation, and that of professional football in general, the German club may be willing to accept a bid before next week’s transfer deadline.
The report states that Leigzig are fully aware of the interest in their man and see his potential sale as a way to generate some much-needed cash.
It is said that the club, who were only established in 2009, would be happy to agree an exit this month regardless of the player’s own stance on a mid-season move.
It remains to be seen whether United, Chelsea or Liverpool will submit a bid over the next few days in an attempt to beat Bayern to his signature.
The Bavarian giants confirmed their interest in Upamecano earlier this week, which could serve as a strong hint with regards to the defender’s immediate future.
Club chief Karl-Heinz Rumminigge told Bild: “We will of course deal with it, not only with this player, but in principle, on the positions where we want to do and have to do something.
“In the time of coronavirus, the money situation is also an important factor.”
Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann responded to Rumminigge’s comments on Friday, claiming the club will not be bullied into sealing premature exits for their best players.
“It’s always clever to get the other team nervous, however we aren’t nervous,” Nagelsmann told reporters. “We know about Upamecano’s contract. We know that we want to keep him for longer and that we like to have him with us.
“You can see that, as he’s playing every single game for us. But we also know the mechanisms in football. So if they want to make me or the club nervous, then it hasn’t worked.
“But I don’t think that this was their main intention. I believe that they said that to get a foot inside the door and make other teams that want to sign him nervous instead.
“But you have to ask Mr. Rummenigge, why he said what he said.”