Euro giants expecting offers for £40m-rated Arsenal defensive target

According to the Sun via German outlet Bild, RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche has revealed that it would ‘surprise’ him if no clubs came ‘knocking for’ star centre-back Dayot Upamecano.

The Sun report that the Gunners are long-term admirers of the 21-year-old defender. This isn’t surprising considering that Upamecano has been making waves since joining Leipzig.

The Mirror claimed last month that the Frenchman could be available for £40m as his contract is set to expire in 18 months.

Upamecano’s solid performances this season have put Leipzig top of the Bundesliga, Julian Nagelsmann’s side have upset the odds to get where they are.

Here’s what Leipzig’s chief had to say on Upamecano, as per Bild:

“Dayot is currently one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga, so it would surprise me if no clubs came knocking for him.

“He’s certainly an attractive player for the big clubs in Europe but he can still take a few steps forward and develop with us.”

With Upamecano also having Champions League experience under his belt, he could be a great option for the Gunners in the not so distant future.

Moving to one of Europe’s biggest sides in Arsenal would also massively boost the France Under-21s ace’s hopes of getting on the radar of the senior national team.

It’s clear that Arsenal’s lacklustre defence has once again proved to be a thorn in the team’s side this season, the likes of David Luiz and Sokratis have struggled to consistently impress at the heart of defence.

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  1. gotanidea says:

    Rather than buying a 50+ M defender, Arsenal had better hire Luis Campos. He uncovered and polished many household names, such as Anthony Martial, Nicolas Pepe, Fabinho, James Rodriguez, Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and many more

    Luis Campos’ achievement is way bigger than Mislintat. Edu did a good job by bringing Martinelli in, but Arsenal can’t get too many non-EU players due to EPL regulation

    Lille’s highly sought-after players like Victor Osimhen, Gabriel and Boubakary Soumare were also signed by Luis Campos. Arsenal need to identify uncovered gems as what their previous scouts did in the 1990s

  2. Eddie says:

    AdMin Pat, I saw your response to my comment in the previous article. Thanks for replying and clarifying.
    Hope we all keep growing, and this site grows more bigger.

    They were requesting 60million now it will be 40million at the end of the season ?
    Like I said last month, Arsenal board were ready to bring Upamecano this month but it was always gon be tough.
    RBL don’t want to sell this month because of their position and their European aspirations.
    It’s even a bigger risk they’ve taken.
    At the end of the season, if teams refuse to pay the 40 million, they’ll lose him for free after six months to another European team.
    They’ll end up losing, but it’s a gamble they’re willing to take

  3. Sean says:

    Can I ask the question why would he leave mid season when they are top of the Bundesliga and Still in the UCL?

    They will want to keep him until the summer for where they are atm if they cant get him signing a new contract. That’s why silly money will be thrown about in the media.

    We are 10th… being realistic he will not be coming to the Emirates unless we throw crazy figures.

    1. Thomo says:

      Totally agree Sean why would you leave a club that are top of the table, makes no sense whatsoever

  4. gooner4life says:

    WE should go for him now before some other club gets him we have lost out so many tines before hoping the price might come down at the next window Lets learn from previous missed opportunities.

  5. stevo says:

    GK Čech
    CB Sokratis
    CB Koscielny (c)
    CB Monreal
    RM Niles
    CM Torreira
    CM Xhaka
    LM Kolašinac
    AM Özil
    CF Lacazette
    CF Aubameyang

    This is the team for the EL final last season and basically the team plus Leno
    who came within 2 points of 3rd yes 2 points from 3rd under Emery last term.
    Surely with the addition of Luiz Pepe Ceballos Martinelli Tierney
    Arsenal should be banging on top 4 again by now?
    Is it more spending or more coaching which is needed?

  6. Break-on-through says:

    If Saliba is as promising as everyone believes, it would be massive to get another young French CB with a big future ahead. Upa should look at that, if he forged a top partnership with Saliba, the French team would be happy to pick a pair that play regularly together, it’s a no brainer. Also the lure of sorting AFC’s defence out and bringing the club back to life, they’d be legends in the making if they can help us to get out of the blocks.

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