Arsenal and Tottenham set for bidding war over 21 years old French defender

Arsenal and Tottenham look set to take the North London derby to the transfer market as both are targeting the same player.

The Gunners have been struggling in defence this season and it is only a matter of time before they sign a new defender.

Express Sports claims that they are ready to make a move for Dayot Upamecano next month despite the huge transfer fee it would cost them.

The report claims that RB Leipzig value the defender at £50 million but that hasn’t deterred his suitors from trying to sign him next month.

Tottenham are also interested in making a move for him, Jose Mourinho has made them better since he became their manager, but they are still struggling at the back.

The Portuguese manager has also been given reports on Upamecano’s progress and he seems to be looking to beat Arsenal to signing him.

The 21-year-old has been improving since he moved to Germany from RB Salzburg, and he has already played 94 games for the Germans.

Mikel Arteta knows he has to strengthen his defence and their 2-1 loss to Chelsea will only further strengthen his resolve to get Upamecano.

29 Comments

  1. Rabbi says:

    I don’t know why Arsenal are not in for Emre Can. He his what we need next to Toreira as a Central Midfielder. He is the perfect replacement for Xhaka and Juventus will let him go. We don’t need Rabiot. Problem is that Arsenal as usual are not always smart in the transfer market. We have seen that for years. Another team will snap Emre Can up and the rest will be history!

    1. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

      Agree

  2. Jim will fix it says:

    Upemecano gets dribbled past way too easy and the German league is considerably slower than EPL. Its time to start buying from the EPL for experience and better mentality. I am not in agreeance looking abroad is the only way as the adjustment to the EPL is not always easy! For me here are some possibilities:
    GK – Jack Butland (Stoke)
    RB – Max Aarons (Norwich)
    LB – Jamal Lewis (Norwich)
    CB – James Tarkowski (Burnley)
    CB – Lewis Dunk (Brighton)
    CB – Ben Godfrey (Norwich)
    CDM – Ibrahim Sangare (Toulouse)
    CDM – Sander Berge (Genk)
    CM – Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Salzburg)
    WING – Hakim Ziyech (Ajax)
    WING – Yannick Carassco (China)
    Forward – Dries Mertens (Napoli)

    1. AY75 says:

      I would love for us to get Ziyech….. I just read that Håland joined Dortmund for 20m…. if that’s true, how come there wasn’t a bidding for a striker that good?

      1. Fani slapa says:

        Something to do with a high sell on clause, like 50%, which was non negotiable…

  3. RSH says:

    hopefully we dont get him and get an experienced epl defender that isn’t named david luiz. i really dont think we need to blow 50mill on a 21 year old defender that will not help us immediately.

    1. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

      I echo that.

  4. Mogunna says:

    We heard that same news all week! We not at transfer window yet.

    Topic should be, how and who do we play to be more solid in defence for Man U who are way more difficult to play and contain than Chelsea!

    Then we can look into transfer but think first. That kid is new and in aslow league as he is.

    We need a top confirmed CB; Koulibaly is available and his club wants Torreira! Looks like we are actually looking into Koulibaly latetly!

    Before any possible addition we have Man U and at Palace on 11th. We can find ourselves in relegation zone losing both!

    That’s what we must look at, not a kid in Germany!

    1. AY75 says:

      Torreira isn’t someone we should trade, the guy’s a beast as long as he’s playing his preferred position…. if Napoli had wanted Xhaka, we would be more than glad to do business 😀. We should just offer money for Koulibaly, not trade him for Torreira. Only that way would we have improved our squad

      1. Reggie says:

        We are never getting Koulibaly he would not come to a mid table team.

  5. Mogunna says:

    Arteta is showing that he doesn’t got it right yet, but he should!

  6. agu eman says:

    Last season Arsenal under Unai Emery missed CL by 1 point and made the EL final.
    This season Arsenal were unbeaten at home in the league under Unai.
    Since Emery was let go Arsenal have lost all 3 home games in the league.
    That is already the same number of home losses Unai had all last season.
    6 points from a possible 21 since Unai left and some fans insist
    they can see the improvement. Really?
    Freddie and Arteta have been no better than Emery in fact they have both been worse.
    Emery never got the players he wanted why should Arteta?
    Just let Arteta manage the same players Emery had till the end of the season.
    If we bring more players in we are basically saying the manager is no good?
    May be it’s not new players we need but a new manager

    1. jon fox says:

      YES, Arteta is useless and has had ample chance these last two weeks to have won the treble, got rid of all the clowns, bought a dozen world class players , using his own private money and won the title twenty times. You really are so perceptive and only YOU have noticed , Well done for being so bright! REALLY, WE SHOULD HAVE SACKED HIM AFTER THAT APPALLING DRAW AT BOURNEMOUTH EH EINSTEIN?

      1. Jim will fix it says:

        @Jon Fox – we don’t expect miracles but his new tenure hasn’t gone down too well, 1 point from a team in relegation battle! Even Everton have done better under Ancelotti! We can’t ignore facts and be emotional and let it get out of control!
        When Arteta took this job he should have insisted on a clause in his contract for transfer kitty, if he didn’t then he is just another Emery in disguise! Everton promised £200m to Ancelotti in order to persuade him to join!

        1. Phi says:

          I believe the way to judge Arteta’s performance to date is on the performances and not the results.
          Somehow, Arteta has been able to have the team respond to how he wants the game played, and that after only a handful of opportunities to get his ideas over on the training pitch. Add to that we are playing with ZERO experience at full back in AMN and Saka, a disrupted defence with injury week after week, and our CF so out of form that he is surely out of the team and replaced by Martinelli.
          He has rejuvenated Ozil, got Aubamayang scoring first fun, and most importantly has the very vast majority of fans recognising what an improvement he has brought to the Team despite the drawbacks.
          FFS-let’s just let him carry on with improving game by game.The results will come.Better players will come.Better times will then follow

          1. Sue says:

            Nice one, Phil 👍👍

        2. RSH says:

          i really dont know what you expected him to do within two weeks of managing a complete mess…

      2. agu eman says:

        Yes I am glad you agree with me Joan.
        I would not have sacked Artie after the Bournemouth game but if things
        don’t pick up soon we will need to put Freddie on standby.
        Also I don’t expect him to pay for all the players I am sure the club will go 50/50.
        Ten titles in ten years will be enough.
        Einstein actually supported Ulm.

    2. AlexLaca9 says:

      unfortunately for you Arteta is going nowhere for AT LEAST another season. I was sceptical about his appointment but he oozes class almost like Wenger, he understands the club and the fans, and even though it’s still early days you can already see the mouthwatering style of football he’s trying to bring and we’re already defending much better (all these qualities you’re precious Emery never possessed) with the backing of the club financially I believe he’ll do great things here. he has my backing

    3. Leka says:

      At least they play attractive football now. I love Arsenal by their style of football. They used to be one of the most attractive clubs in the world to watch. Under UE , they were boring to watch with no results. MA is the right man to get Arsenal to the old ways.

      1. David Braithwaite says:

        The fact is Arsenal will be judged by both performances and results. Arteta needs time as he has inherited a poor roster and an injury hit team.
        He needs proper backing but we don’t know how much support he will get. Performances will eventually be limited by the quality of the squad.
        Agu is pointing out some basic facts of Arsenal’s situation, and quite rightly so in my opinion. There is no point playing pretty football for 35 minutes if you end up losing.
        As for Ozil’s supposed revival, I am certainly not convinced. Unfortunately, we have few options for now so Arteta will have to get the best out of what he has available.

  7. Jim will fix it says:

    Stats on our best player so far this season:

    https://www.90min.com/posts/6526902-bernd-leno-tops-unwanted-stat-charts-after-chelsea-howler-as-mikel-arteta-discusses-cruel-defeat?utm_source=RSS

    If this is the best we have, get ready for the Championship! We have to be more ruthless with players and drop them like flies and stop being emotional with them!

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Jim, drop them for who? Mikel Arteta faces the same challenges Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger (last few seasons) faced; lack of squad quality and depth. There is only so many ways you can “shuffle this deck” of players, particularly when injuries impact the squad.

  8. AY75 says:

    We need a solid CM to play alongside Torreira, and we should also try to get Ziyech to replace Özil in the near future, and that’s our midfield sorted. If we can Keep Aubameyang, we’re going to have to get a winger, then sell Lacazette, Attack sorted. And getting Koulibaly should sort our defense. All these acquisitions have to be done between now and the end of the summer window, so we’ll have a squad ready to challenge for trophies next season. I do hope we win the Europa, as I doubt we’ll be able to make top four. Let’s hope the board would support Arteta to make the much needed changes to our squad. COYG!

    1. Reggie says:

      Will people stop mentioning Koulibaly, he isn’t coming to Arsenal. First we cant afford him, second he is looking for a club with ambition.

  9. Jim wall says:

    Some people on here are so stupid saying arteta hasn’t changed our performances, the first half today was the best I’ve seen arsenal play in a long time and it’s only he’s second game in charge. We won the first half and they won the second, only for a mistake from Leno we would have won the game,and people also forget the many times Leno saved us this season, so everyone cheer up cause arteta is the man for the job..

  10. Arteta is surely the man to take us forward. Already we see a perceptible change in our approach and performances. I only hope the Board supports Arteta and makes important signings. Also I feel winning the EUL is a much better bet to make the Champions League than the top four.

  11. jettoe says:

    How good is this Upamecano guy? To me, he is only looking like Kolo Toure in appearance first.

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