Transfers

Major Blow for Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool as Bayern Munich Close in on Top Transfer Target

Jan 12, 2021, 2:18 PM GMT+5:30
RB Leipzig v 1. FSV Mainz 05 - Bundesliga
Bayern Munich are reportedly in ‘advanced talks’ to sign a top transfer target | Maja Hitij/Getty Images
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Bayern Munich are reportedly in ‘advanced talks’ to sign top Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool target Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig this month. The Premier League trio are all keen on adding defensive reinforcements to their respective squads, and have been linked with Upamecano since the summer.

However, in what comes as a huge blow, Bayern have identified the Frenchman as a replacement for David Alaba, who is in the final six months of his contract.

According to German journalist Alfred Draxler, Hansi Flick's side have already held talks with the 22-year-old.

"I know that Bayern have been in contact with Upamecano's agent and that talks are advanced," Draxler told Sport 1 (h/t Marca).

Upamecano reportedly has a release caluse of €42m and is contracted with Leipzig until 2023. He has made 14 appearances in the Bundesliga this season and has played five times in the Champions League.

RB Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff acknowledged that his team is attracting a lot of attention from top clubs all over Europe.

“We have a squad that is very broad in terms of quality,” Mintzlaff recently told Bild. “So, we will sell top performers again if it makes financial sense and we can cope with it from a sporting point of view.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to bring in a partner for Harry Maguire, while Chelsea are looking for a long-term replacement for Thiago Silva. Liverpool, meanwhile, are struggling defensively, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip all ruled out long-term.

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