Manchester United Cool Interest in Dayot Upamecano - Bayern in Pole Position

Tom Gott
Dec 14, 2020, 9:00 AM GMT
Manchester United have distanced themselves from Dayot Upamecano
Manchester United have distanced themselves from Dayot Upamecano | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Manchester United have made it clear that they will not be pursuing a move for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano next summer.

United are expected to be on the lookout for a new centre-back to partner Harry Maguire at the end of the current campaign, and there have been countless reports suggesting that Upamecano is high on their wish list.

Upamecano was seen as a likely target
Upamecano was seen as a likely target | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The 22-year-old, who will have a £38m release clause, is seen by many as one of the world's top young defenders, and there is expected to be significant interest in the Frenchman when the summer arrives.

The Athletic note that United and Bayern Munich were the two sides best-positioned to snap up Upamecano, but now the Red Devils have cooled their interest and have decided against making the move.

United do still plan on finding a new defender, but Upamecano no longer appears to be a primary target, leaving Bayern as the clear leaders in the race for his signature. It's believed United are ideally looking for a left-footed centre back - with Pau Torres on the radar - though the Manchester Evening News recently suggested that scouts were watching Brighton's Ben White.

United will consider other options
United will consider other options | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Bayern are set to lose Jerome Boateng in the summer and could also see David Alaba walk away as well, so plans are already being made to find a new centre-back and Upamecano is at the top of their wish list.

At the minute, the Frenchman is keen on the idea of joining Bayern and he hopes to see a move tied up fairly soon, although he is aware that things can change and significant interest from other suitors would force him to consider his options.

White is another candidate
White is another candidate | Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

Before United can move for a new defender, they will focus on offloading their unwanted centre-backs. Chris Smalling left for Roma in the summer but Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo remain, while decisions must also be made on Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe and even Victor Lindelof.

Rojo's contract is set to expire at the end of the season, but the rest of the group remain under contract for at least an extra year, so United will hope to have more success finding buyers this year.

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