Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool miss out on Upamecano as Bayern confirm deal

Bayern Munich 's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed that RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano will be making the move to the Allianz Arena in the summer.

The likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been linked with Upamecano but Bayern have won the race to secure his signature, paying the €42.5m release clause in his contract.

Speaking on Friday, Salihamidzic told German publication BILD: "I can confirm and we are very happy about that at FC Bayern.

"We had very good, intensive and professional discussions with Dayot and his agent Volker Struth for several months. We knew we had very tough competition.

"Upamecano is a young player, 22, whose qualities are already exceptionally developed. I was always convinced that we had with a good concept. We presented him with our vision of his career at FC Bayern.

"During the past week I spoke to everyone involved again. At the end of a long process, the player, his family and his management were convinced that FC Bayern was the right partner for them."

Upamecano is expected to replace David Alaba, with the Austrian international likely to leave Bayern when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Real Madrid are said to be the favourites to secure Alaba's services, with ESPN reporting that the two parties are close to finalising a four-year deal worth around £400,000-a-week.

Speaking last month, Bayern boss Hansi Flick said: "Those are things that are always possible when there is a transfer window and contracts are expiring.

"At the moment I have to admit that I have not heard anything from him regarding this topic. Hope dies last. However, I know that things are moving towards a direction which means change for the team.

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  • "David Alaba showed a good performance against Freiburg and it is important for him to stay focused. That is how I experience him, as does the whole team.

    "We have to continue. We know things like this are possible in football and that there are always changes at the end of a season.

    "Change also has the potential to develop the team. We'll have to wait and see what happens. There's nothing more we can do at the moment."

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