Dayot Upamecano has been considered as one of the top defensive prospects in Europe over the past few years. The Frenchman has managed to become a reliable presence on RB Leipzig’s defensive line, but now he is keen to leave the side as soon as the chance arises.
According to a recent report from German outlet Kicker, the central defender is not eager to extend his current contract with the Bundesliga giants next summer. Upamecano’s deal runs out in the summer of 2021, so Leipzig will be faced with two paths once the current season comes to an end – either they convince Upamecano to stay, just like they did with Timo Werner, or they sell him to avoid losing him for free 12 months later.
There should be plenty of suitors for Upamecano’s services if he becomes available. Both Arsenal and AC Milan have been heavily linked with a move for the youngster in recent months, although considering the lofty price tag – Leipzig are looking to receive a fee of around €60 million due to a clause in his contract that was recently activated – The Gunners should be favourites.
Right now, Milan are not in a place where they can just go out and spend more than €50m on a player without facing consequences.
Other suitors might emerge if Upamecano has another strong season for Leipzig. But right now, the only thing that’s clear is that the central defender will be leaving the club sooner than later.