Manchester United will battle it out with Liverpool next summer to secure the signing of RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, after details emerged over his buyout clause.
The Red Devils had been looking to add to their defensive options during this summer’s European transfer window, but they were unable to secure their two top targets. Those were Upamecano and Nathan Ake, who went on to sign for Manchester City from Bournemouth, according to ESPN.
New clause leads to transfer battle
Upamecano had been the subject of a lot of attention early on in the summer, but the 23-year-old ended that speculation by signing a new deal with Leipzig which keeps him tied to the German club until 2023.
However, through signing the new contract the Frenchman reduced his release clause down from £54 million to just £36.5 million. That new clause will kick in at the start of the next summer transfer window, according to a report from Sport Bild, via the Daily Star.
That change in the defender’s potential value has alerted Manchester United’s rivals Liverpool to his situation, and both clubs are thought to be interested in taking Upamecano at that price with both preparing to make overtures to bring him to the Premier League, as per Sport Bild’s report.
United need to act fast to steal march on Liverpool
Upamecano has emerged as one of the most impressive defenders on the continent over the last few years, and he was an integral part of the Leipzig side that reached the Champions League semi-finals last term. He averaged an impressive 3.1 tackles and 1.5 interceptions during his eight appearances in the competition, as per Sofascore.
Securing a player of Upamecano’s age and quality is usually very expensive, but the defender’s new lowered release clause makes him excellent value for money. United must not wait around as they did with Jadon Sancho and move swiftly to beat Liverpool to his signature when the clause kicks in.
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