Barcelona have reportedly hijacked Arsenal’s transfer move for Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano.
Barcelona have reportedly entered the race to sign the Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano this January. The defense has been one of the Gunners’ biggest problems in recent years. David Luiz and Sokratis are both in the twilight of their careers. Rob Holding and Calum Chambers also suffered serious knee injuries in the last year.
The Gunners have reportedly promised Mikel Arteta funds for two defensive additions. The Gunners want to add a defender to their ranks following the injury to Calum Chambers last season. Upamecano was heavily linked with Arsenal during the summer with several sources listing the youngster as a potential target.
The 21-year-old Frenchman’s contract at RB Leipzig expires at the end of the season. There is however little suggestion that he wants to sign a new deal with the Bundesliga side. Arsenal, however, received a major blow in their pursuit of Upamecano. Barcelona has reportedly identified the youngster as a top target, according to Spanish outlet AS.
Barca have already opened talks with Leipzig over the ex-Red Bull Salzburg star, according to the Sun. Upamecano has been an ever-present figure in the Leipzig backline that has conceded just 20 goals this season. Leipzig are apparently ready to let go of Upamecano for a fee of £45 m. He could well turn out to be the steal of the season for Barcelona.
Samuel Umtiti looks set for the exit-door at the Camp Nou. Umtiti has appeared just seven times for Barcelona this season. Ernesto Valverde has preferred Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique as his first choices in the centre-back position. Barcelona believes Upamecano could be a perfect replacement for his compatriot.
Barcelona are ready to listen to offer for french international Umtiti. The players had a rough patch recently due to injury. The club is looking to off-load french international in order to make room for the new signing. Barca was interested in Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli, De Ligt of Juventus and Milan Škriniar of Inter Milan