Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Fabrizio Romano provides an update on Manchester United and Liverpool target

In recent years Fabrizio Romano has established himself as one of the most reliable sources of football news. The here we go thing has also become very popular. Thus whenever he tweets about a player or a football club is excites everyone, as his record shows how reliable he has been. With the transfer window again open he is a busy man.

Recently he gave an update about a Bundesliga defender Dayot Upamecano. Both Liverpool and Manchester United have shown interest in him. The Frenchman plays for RB Leipzig and he is still only 22 years old. He has been a mainstay for Leipzig in Bundesliga for the past two seasons, he even played in the Champions League semi-finals.

Manchester United and Liverpool are clearly in need of defensive reinforcements. Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez have been ruled out for the rest of the season. While Joel Matip is the only fit senior centre back available at the club. Thus many had urged Jurgen Klopp to spend money in the January transfer window to bring in a defender.

Manchester United broke the transfer record to sign Harry Maguire, in the hope that he would turn their fortunes around. However, it has hardly been a smooth ride for them. Defensively there are still issues and they still need another centre back at the club. Thus Manchester United are also in need to sign another defender.

Fabrizio Romano update on Upamecano

Fabrizio Romano provides an update on Manchester United and Liverpool target

The Italian journalist was speaking to Sky Sports

while giving the update. According to him, there is no chance that Upamecano will leave the club in the January transfer window. However, things will be different in the summer transfer window. Romano believes that a move could on the cards for the Frenchman this summer.

The Daily Mail has previously linked both Manchester United and Liverpool to him. Perhaps both of them could take on each other in the race to sign him next summer. Though last summer only Upamecano signed a new contract. At the end of last season, he was heavily tipped to leave the club like Timo Werner. However, to everyone’s surprise, he signed a contract extension.

The Frenchman’s new contract has been extended till 2023. Upmecano’s new contract also has a release clause. However, his release clause will only be active in the summer of 2021. The said release clause is said to be £38 million. As his release clause has been dropped it also suspected that other clubs may join the race for him.

Another thing to consider here is when will the fans come back to the stadium. The matchdays generate a lot of revenue for big clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United. With the stadiums being empty it implies that the clubs are not able to earn a lot of matchday income. This income also helped them to have bigger transfer budgets, thus clubs are likely to be very cautious next summer.

Upmecano future undecided amid exit links

There is no doubt that the former Ligue 1 defender has a huge talent. However, he has been criticized for being inconsistent but it should also be kept in mind that he is only 22 years old. He joined RB Leipzig as a teenager when he was 16 years and since then season after season he has improved himself.

It is a rare feat for a defender to have an experience like him of top-flight football for a big team at such a young age. A big factor on his next move will depend upon who will qualify for the Champions League. Though things look very good for both Liverpool and Man United right now but given the unpredictability of the season, anything is possible.

Jurgen Klopp’s side hasn’t been at their best since Diego Jota’s injury. While the Red Devils have enjoyed a resurgence but a big part of that has been the highly controversial decisions. Liverpool will also have Van Dijk and Joe Gomez back next season.

Other clubs have previously shown interest in him as well. Chelsea, Inter Milan, Juventus, and Barcelona are also in need of defensive reinforcements. Bayern Munich always looks to poach talented players from rival teams in Germany. Real Madrid must have begun the process to look for a successor of Sergio Ramos. Thus a lot can happen by the time this season comes to an end and the next transfer window begins.

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