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Arsenal handed boost in Dayot Upamecano pursuit after failed summer transfer bid

Arsenal reportedly had a bid rejected for Dayot Upamecano in the summer (Picture: Getty) Arsenal have received a boost in their pursuit of Dayot Upamecano, with RB Leipzig ready to sell the defender for a cut-price fee at the end of the season. Upamecano had been identified as a possible replacement for Laurent Koscielny in the summer – after the veteran centre-back forced a move to Bordeaux – but Arsenal eventually had to settle for David Luiz. The Gunners reportedly turned to Luiz after failing with a £55million offer for Upamecano and the highly-promising 20-year-old remains firmly on Unai Emery’s radar. Football Leaks revealed last year that Upamecano’s contract at Leipzig had a €100m release clause which reduces by €20m every year. Leipzig are resigned to losing Upamecano (Picture: Getty) This meant that interested clubs would have had to spend €60m to have any chance of landing Upamecano ahead of the 2020/2021 campaign. According to Kicker, though, Leipzig are willing to accept a lower fee for Upamecano to minimise the risk of losing him for free when his contract expires in 2021. The report claims Upamecano is determined to leave Leipzig at the end of the season and would be prepared to force his way out of the club. Though Leipzig had been keen to tie Upamecano down with a new long-term deal, they are now resigned to losing the youngster. More: UKRacist woman calls nurse treating her brother in A&E a 'black b***h''Arsenal boosted in Dayot Upamecano pursuit after failed £55m transfer bidPrimark pulls tea towel from sale because it has so many errors Last year, Upamecano revealed his ambitions to join a European giant in the future, but failed to mention Arsenal in his list of ‘dream’ clubs. ‘As a youngster, you dream of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, but to get there, you have to work,’ he told Telefoot. ‘I’m very proud of myself, very happy. I have to keep going in the same direction. ‘I have to aim higher. My preference for the moment is Leipzig. Afterwards, we’ll see.’ MORE: Ainsley Maitland-Niles explains how Arsenal assistant Freddie Ljungberg has helped develop his game...


Published By: Metro - Thursday, 17 October

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