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Upamecano Targeted by Manchester United

RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano has garnered interest from one of the highest profile teams in Europe in Manchester United. According to ESPN, Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like to add the french defender alongside captain Harry McGuire.

Upamecano has made a tremendous name for himself over the course of the last season, helming the Leipzig back line during the injury spell of captain Willi Orban. This season, the Frenchman has played in 37 games for Leipzig and was a major part of why the team went to the UEFA Champions League semi-final. 

Interest isn't just coming from Manchester United. Arsenal was linked for some time and a move seemed imminent. However, the transfer fee was an issue but now Upamecano's new deal makes it possible for a team like United to make their move. For now, the player will remain in East Germany until 2023 according to his new contract. However he does have a 40 million plus Euro release clause that could be the difference.

Leipzig has seen a few major departures thus far this off-season and Upamecano could be one that throws their future efforts into serious doubts. Timo Werner left after the Bundesliga season with the team only bringing in Hwang Hee-chan to carry the goal-scoring burden. A departure for Upamecano could leave a similar hole and force manager Julian Nagelsmann into unproven options during a Champions League season.


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