Arsenal ‘leading the chase’ for RB Leipzig’s defensive star Dayot Upamecano with Gunners set to beat AC Milan to £50m signing
- Arsenal are said to be in pole position to land Dayot Upamecano for a £50m fee
- His powerful defensive displays have won him admirers, including AC Milan
- The Gunners were interested in him in the summer but his price tag put them off
- Now the young defender could be available after a drop in his release clause
Arsenal are set to beat off competition from AC Milan to sign rising Bundesliga star Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig in a £50million deal.
The Gunners had attempted to snare the French defender in the summer but were scared off after being asked to cough up £70m.
But now the north London side could come back in for the player, with his release clause now reportedly at a lower figure.
French youth star Dayot Upamecano is one of the most highly-regarded defensive prospects
The powerful centre-back is one of the hottest properties in the Bundesliga and has a list of admirers, including Serie A giants AC Milan.
But despite the interest, Arsenal have moved into a commanding position to seal the 20-year-old’s signature, according to Italian site Calciomercato.
With reports Upamecano’s release clause lowers by £17m each year, Leipzig should be interested in cashing in while his stock is high, allowing Arsenal to swoop for the player for roughly £50m.
Upamecano puts a foot in against speedy winger Memphis Depay in the Champions League
There have been question marks over Arsenal’s defence for years, and many feel they are in need of new blood at the back.
While the Gunners signed young centre-back William Saliba in the summer, fans were disappointed to hear he was being immediately loaned back to Saint Etienne.
Upamecano began his professional career with Austrian side Liefering in 2015-16, before moving to Red Bull Salzburg the following season.
In the same campaign he was transferred to the club’s Bundesliga affiliate RB Leipzig for £10m. He has since made 49 appearances for the German side.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is said to be in the market for a new centre-back to add more depth