Arsenal and Man Utd target Dayot Upamecano performs transfer U-turn

Dayot Upamecano in action for RB Leipzig
Upamecano is highly regarded in Germany (Picture: Getty)

Dayot Upamecano has turned down a move to Bayern Munich and will stay with RB Leipzig for at least another year, reports say.

The centre-back was reported to have agreed to join Bayern in the next transfer window and the German giants were trying to come to terms with Leipzig over a fee.

Upamecano has a £53million release clause and had attracted the interest of Manchester United and Arsenal in recent months.

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But after appearing to decide Bayern was the club for him, Sky Germany claim Upamecano has performed a U-turn.

Upamecano now plans to snub all offers and is ready to put pen to paper on a new deal at Leipzig.

Leipzig intend to extend his contract until 2022, with his current deal scheduled to expire in the summer of 2021.

There will be an option inserted into the new contract for Upamecano to jump ship next year, but the 21-year-old is convinced Leipzig is the best place for him at the moment.

Dayot Upamecano in action for RB Leipzig
Arsenal and United are tracking the centre-halve (Picture: Getty)

Upamecano thinks it is the wrong time in his career to make a big transfer and believes he can continue to improve at Leipzig.

The news will be a big blow not only to Bayern, but to Premier League duo Arsenal and United.

Arsenal had a bid rejected for Upamecano last summer and Mikel Arteta had reaffirmed the club’s interest in the Frenchman by making him a top target in the new window.

United too are on the hunt for a new centre-back, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to find a defensive partner for Harry Maguire.

Upamecano was identified as a cheaper alternative to Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly, who is valued at over £80m by his club.

Upamecano’s decision might have something to do with the uncertainty engulfing football at the moment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It is unclear if the summer transfer will open as planned and if leagues across Europe will be able to finish the 2019/20 season.

The Netherlands and France have already voided their league campaigns and England and Germany are in danger of being forced to do the same thing due to the health crisis.

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