Arsenal are at the head of the queue to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, according to Tuttosport.
The report from the Italian outlet mostly deals with AC Milan’s interest in the 21-year-old, and its writer sees this development as a ‘mockery’ – that the club which Ivan Gazidis left to become the Rossoneri CEO should now surpass the seven-time European champions regarding a potential signing.
Apparently, Milan were already in talks with Leipzig about Upamecano, when the Covid-19 pandemic hit them hard. Their defence is supposed to go through heavy changes, with Matias Mussachio set to leave the club, Leo Duarte not doing enough to warrant a starting place, and the future of Sevilla loanee Simon Kjaer very much uncertain at the moment. It seems their need for a new centre-back to partner Alessio Romagnoli is rather dire.
Upamecano is about to enter the final year of his contract with Leipzig, which means that the Bundesliga side cannot ask for a fee too hefty, all things considered, and Arsenal seem poised to take advantage of the situation by snatching one of the most promising young defenders in world football for a bargain price.
It cannot be denied that the Gunners have struggled greatly in recent years to put some quality into the middle part of their defence. The situation is still far from ideal. On the other hand, Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz played relatively well together in the first months of Mikel Arteta’s reign, and the Gunners are yet get young William Saliba back from his loan at Saint-Etienne. Adding Upamecano to the ranks would most likely spell the end of the road for Sokratis Papastathopoulos, though.
The Gunners have apparently received a promise from Leipzig that should Upamecano fail to sign a new deal soon, he would be put up for sale. However, there is still a certain issue of other clubs, namely Bayern Munich and Manchester United, reportedly being interested too.