Arsenal closely monitoring 20-year-old French defensive rock
Arsenal made an offer of €60m for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano in the Summer, unfortunately, his buyout clause was worth €80m at the time. U21 France international’s release clause is due to reduce by €20m each summer.
This should mean if Spanish manager wants to go back in for him next Summer then they should be able to get him for only €60m this time. A lot could depend on the form of David Luiz and the progress of William Saliba. Gunners signed the young defender but loaned him back to Saint Etienne for this campaign.
William looks promising but might not be a first-team option when he returns next year. Bundesliga giants are desperate to extend Dayot’s contract to prevent him from leaving, but the London club should consider making a move if he’s available for a reasonable price.
He’s only 20, but he’s already closing in on 100 career appearances. He’s tall, quick and good on the ball so represents the ideal modern centre-back. It will be interesting to see if he does make a move next Summer. It was clear that Gunners wanted to bolster their back-line this Summer, they eventually signed Kieran Tierney and David Luiz.
It’s hard to say the Brazilian is a long term reliable option so it would make sense to sign someone else next Summer. Arsenal started this season impressively as they are in a third place in the Premier League table. London club also signed Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos and Gabriel Martinelli during the summer transfer window.