RB Leipzig fears over Upamecano after being blind-sided by Bayern Munich

RB Leipzig fear Dayot Upamecano could be about to cost them a mega-money pay day – potentially to the tune of £52million.

The German upstarts have been battling to keep the highly-rated France Under-21 defender at the club next season with a new contract.

A £52million release clause in his contract has meant Leipzig would have little choice in the matter if he decided to exit.

And Upamecano has a host of big-name suitors across Europe, including Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as Premier League interest from the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham.

He starred for Leipzig in their Champions League second round thumping of Spurs and is high on Arsenal’s list of prospective targets as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his defence.

Similarly, Pep Guardiola is believed to be a fan and could see the centre-back as an ideal partner for Aymeric Laporte.

But the coronavirus pandemic has put mega-money transfers on the back-burner, heaping pressure on RBL to find a solution to his contract situation.

Now Die Roten Bullen fear that they have been trumped and blindsided by Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

Leipzig chiefs fear that Upamecano, 21, has had his head turned against pursuing a new challenge in England or Spain by Bayern and is now keen to move to the Allianz Arena, where he would be first choice at the heart of their backline.

It was a similar story when Bayern snared Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund.

The only question is when. And amid the current coronavirus pandemic, they believe Bayern will have no interest in meeting his release clause, and will promptly negotiate with a low-ball offer, well below his valuation.

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