Arsenal receive transfer boost as Dayot Upamecano wants Premier League move
Arsenal have been given a huge boost regarding their summer transfer plans, after reports emerged claiming Dayot Upamecano wants to play in the Premier League. RB Leipzig defender Upamecano had been a target for Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, but appears to want a move to England.
Arsenal will likely be on the hunt for a new central defender in the summer.
Mikel Arteta’s side were poor at the back throughout the season, and prioritised defensive reinforcements during the January window.
They ended up bringing in Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari, though neither had much of an impact before the season was suspended.
With the summer window in their sights, Arsenal singled out Upamecano as one of their top targets.
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The French defender is out of contract next summer, and has shown no signs of wanting to extend his current deal.
Instead, he has reportedly made it clear that he wants a move away, leaving Leipzig with a dilemma on their hands.
The German side will now have to decide whether to let him leave this summer or risk him walking out for free at the end of next season.
Barcelona and PSG were both said to be sniffing around the 21-year-old, with the latter on the hunt for a replacement for Thiago Silva.
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The Brazilian veteran is out of contract this summer, though speculation suggests he could extend his deal by one year in order to give the club time to bring in a replacement.
And with Barca feeling the effects of the coronavirus on their budgets, they are unlikely to be able to find the funds to buy him.
That leaves the door open for Arsenal, and Spanish outlet SPORT claims he has his heart set on playing in the Premier League.
German legend Lothar Matthaus gave an insight into what Arsenal fans can expect if tehy are able to secure a deal to sign the youngster.
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Matthaus was full of praise for Upamecano, claiming he is a “huge player” who will be wanted by a host of top clubs.
“He is a young player, he is highly talented, he’s fast, has a good positional game and he uses his body well for his 21 years old,” he said.
“I can still see one or two percent where he can learn.
“But, as I said, he’s a huge player and that’s why I’m not surprised that the top clubs in Europe are after him.”
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