RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano has agreed to join German giants Bayern Munich once the summer transfer window opens.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a move away from Leipzig for what feels like an eternity, with his release clause of around £38m seen as too much of a bargain for most of Europe’s giants to pass up on.
Upamecano’s final shortlist came down to Bayern, Chelsea and Liverpool, and according to RMC Sport, he has chosen to remain in Germany and seal a move to Hansi Flick’s reigning champions.
Bayern are understood to have agreed to pay his release clause, with personal terms also not an issue.
It’s noted that the deal is not yet official, and things could well change, but Upamecano has voiced his desire to join Bayern, who have been public with their plans to try and sign the Frenchman in the summer.
Striking a deal for Upamecano this early in the year suggests that Bayern are certain that they are set to lose at least one of David Alaba and Jerome Boateng, both of whom are out of contract at the end of the season.
Alaba has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, while Boateng has been suggested as a potential signing for Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, who appear to have missed out on Upamecano’s signature themselves.
While Chelsea and Liverpool will likely be frustrated to miss out on Upamecano, the fact that Bayern are looking to get this deal done so early means the two English sides have plenty of time to find other targets.
For Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, they will have option to make Ozan Kabak’s loan move permanent, while recent rumours have seen them linked with Upamecano’s centre-back partner at Leipzig, Ibrahima Konate.
As for Chelsea, links to Alaba have been strong, as has interest in Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez, who was seen as too expensive for the Blues last summer.
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