Dayot Upamecano to Arsenal: Mikel Arteta trace, £40m bid, Tottenham curiosity

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Arsenal proceed to be linked with a transfer for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano this month.

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The Gunners are thought to have made a £40million bid in the summertime for the Frenchman, which was rejected, however their present damage disaster may see the north London aspect step up their pursuit of the extremely rated star.

Nonetheless, Arsenal are usually not the one membership excited about signing him, with a bunch of sides throughout Europe eyeing a transfer for the 21-year-old.

Here is a timeline of Arsenal’s curiosity in Upamecano, what we all know and who else is .

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Who’s Dayot Upamecano?

Upamecano is a 20-year-old centre-back who was born in France however holds twin citizenship with Guinea-Bissau.

He’s right-footed and also can play in central midfield. He plies his commerce within the German Bundesliga with Purple Bull Leipzig, the place he has performed for 2 seasons, since transferring from the opposite Purple Bull crew in Salzburg for £9million.

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Dayot Upamecano in motion for Leipzig (Photograph by TF-Photographs/TF-Photographs by way of Getty Photographs)

Upamecano is huge, robust and with tempo to burn. Not solely that however he’s an old school defender who “loves to defend” in line with France youth coach Jean-Claude Giuntini in 2015.

He grew up enjoying alongside the likes of Ousmane Dembele.

How did he get on final season?

Fairly effectively, for the primary half of the season not less than.

He made 22 appearances in all competitions for Leipzig, which helped them into the highest 4 within the Bundesliga and into subsequent season’s Champions League.


Nonetheless, his season was minimize brief by a knee damage.

Missed 18 video games on account of the damage, between January and Could, returning to the crew for the ultimate two video games of the marketing campaign.

What occurred in the summertime?

In keeping with German publication Bild, Arsenal made an enormous supply to attempt to snare Upamecano.

Having spent a whopping £72million on Pepe, Bild mentioned that Arsenal have lodged a bid of €60million for the 20-year-old centre-back, having been linked with him up to now.

That provide was rejected by Leipzig, who don’t need to promote.

Arsenal’s stance on Dayot Upamecano trade

RB Leipzig had been hoping over the summer time that the Gunners would throw in Emile Smith Rowe with a view to get a deal completed.

The 19-year-old spent the second half of final season with RB Leipzig, and it is thought that they are eager to carry the attacking midfielder again to the Bundesliga both on mortgage or on a everlasting deal.

Nonetheless, soccer.london revealed that the Gunners have little interest in letting Smith Rowe go away the membership, which means that any deal for the defender will have to be a straight-cash deal.

What he has mentioned about his future

Upamecano helped the Bundesliga aspect into the Champions League this season.

And what he mentioned a yr in the past ought to concern Arsenal if they’ve any hope of capturing the defender.

He has one other two years left on his present Leipzig contract, and mentioned in 2017/18: “I see no reason why I should go away. I have a huge opportunity here to develop and to get regular game time.”

Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig.

He additionally mentioned, throughout his time at Salzburg that he “didn’t want to go to a very big club too soon”.

May a transfer to the Premier League, only a yr later, be seen as too quickly nonetheless?

What Unai Emery has mentioned

It is fairly clear that the Gunners head coach is eager to herald yet one more centre-back throughout the subsequent week, however has not talked about any names.

“We are speaking about the centre backs, but we have a lot of centre backs, we have good centre backs, and if we can sign one more centre back, it is because he is clearly better than we have,” he instructed reporters. “As a result of for the time being we’ve six.

“We’re in numerous positions with some gamers as a result of Mavropanos has his damage and we’re persevering with to see that state of affairs.

“We have until August 8, and we need to speak over these few days about how we can be, and how we can close our squad.”

Launch clause

In keeping with the Mirror, Arsenal had been pointed to the defender’s £92million launch clause by RB Leipzig ought to they want to have a proposal accepted by the German membership.

Having already reportedly rejected a bid for the defender, Leipzig are decided to maintain their man, with it being seemingly that ought to they want to signal Upamenco the payment they should pay would eclipse that of the £72million they paid for Nicolas Pepe in the summertime.

Launch clause lowered

In keeping with L’Equipe, Upamecano’s launch clause is at present at €80million and shall be lowered to €60million in 2020.

It stays to be seen whether or not the Gunners will return in the summertime switch window for the defender, with William Saliba set to return to the membership from a season-long mortgage from Saint-Etienne.

Guendouzi’s function

Arsenal followers have inspired midfielder Matteo Guendouzi to strive an persuade his buddy Upamecano to make a change to the Emirates Stadium.

Each gamers had been with the France U21 squad for his or her U21 European qualifiers in opposition to Azerbaijan and Slovakia final week.

Forward of the video games, footage of each Guendouzi and Upamecano collectively had been posted on social media, with Arsenal followers exhibiting their pleasure on the potential hyperlink.

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Switch increase

In a lift to the Gunners’ hope of signing the Frenchman subsequent summer time, Kicker claimed the German membership had been apprehensive about shedding the 20-year-old on a free when his contract expires in 2021 and will now settle for a decrease supply.

Moreover, the report claims that the Gunners are able to pounce with a recent transfer.

Earlier reviews claimed that the 20-year-old can be accessible for a payment of £52million subsequent summer time resulting from a clause in his contract which sees him minimal launch clause lower by round £17.2million per yr.

Nonetheless, Kicker declare that Leipzig could now settle for a decrease supply as a result of they’re afraid of shedding one in every of their prized property on a free switch when his contract expires in 2021.

This prompted Arsenal followers to react with pleasure when Raul Sanllehi ‘confirmed’ a switch.

£40million bid

Experiences of a summer time bid from Arsenal had been widespread, with Leipzig rejecting all provides.

However with Upamecano’s launch clause to be lowered, and no signal of a breakthrough in contract talks between the German membership and the participant, Leipzig could possibly be compelled to chop their losses.

Dayot Upamecano (L) (Picture: Odd Andersen / AFP)

In keeping with the Solar, Upamecano could possibly be allowed to depart in the summertime if a proposal of round £40million is lodged by Arsenal, or every other membership for that matter.

And there could possibly be various golf equipment out there for him.

Tottenham curiosity

Upamecano is a highly-regarded prospect and Arsenal had been positive to have some competitors for his signature.

They might not, nevertheless, have been anticipating competitors so near residence.

Bleacher Report, as per The Boot Room, are reporting that Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham are actually able to make a transfer for Upamecano, in scenes harking back to the summer time switch window when Spurs had been reported to have mad a late transfer for William Saliba.

Dayot Upamecano appears to be like on (Picture: High quality Sport Photographs/Getty Photographs)

The value tag on Upamecano’s head, in line with Bleacher can be £50million in January, with RB Leipzig on the lookout for someplace between £40million and £50million in the summertime if contract talks proceed to falter.

Man Metropolis hijack transfer

In addition to reported curiosity from north London rivals Tottenham, Arsenal could possibly be set to face even stiffer competitors for Upamecano’s signature within the type of Premier League champions Manchester Metropolis.

In keeping with our pals on the Mirror, Pep Guardiola and Metropolis are ‘weighing up a transfer’ for the Leipzig defender.

Metropolis misplaced first-choice defender Aymeric Laporte earlier this season and have struggled in defence ever since.

Manchester Metropolis’s Aymeric Laporte challenges Michail Antonio throughout the Premier League Asia Trophy soccer match in Nanjing

Guardiola has admitted he doesn’t intend to purchase within the January switch window, until accidents drive his hand, and this could possibly be a state of affairs by which the Spaniard’s hand is compelled.

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Arsenal increase

Arsenal have obtained a lift of their chase for Purple Bull Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, with reviews suggesting that the German membership are assured of securing his alternative.

Le Parisien (by way of Get French Soccer Information) declare that Leipzig are assured that they’ll safe the providers of 17-year-old Paris Saint-Germain defender Tanguy Kouassi.

{The teenager} has additionally reportedly been in discussions with Manchester Metropolis, however the Bundeliga aspect now suppose they’ve their man, with recommendations that he has visited their coaching services.

Arsenal able to again Arteta in January

In keeping with our pals on the Every day Mirror, the Arsenal hierarchy are able to again Mikel Arteta within the January switch window with funds to strengthen the defence.

And they’re holding shut tabs on RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano who could possibly be allowed to depart subsequent month together with his contract working down.

The report has already excited some Arsenal supporters

Mikel Arteta trace

Talking forward of the FA Cup tie in opposition to Leeds, Mikel Arteta admitted the Gunners shall be out there to strengthen their again line: “That we’ll attempt to be out there to see choices that may strengthen the crew. That is for positive. That is our obligation. We’ll be engaged on that.

“My obligation is to present my opinion on the issues I believe we are able to enhance. Clearly we’ve some unhealthy damage with Calum [Chambers] a couple of days in the past that’s going to alter our plans on the again. However the actuality for the time being is we’re not going to have the ability to do a lot.

“I’m more concerned at the moment to get people back from injuries than signings and try to improve the players we have here, get everybody on board with what we’re trying to do. If something extra comes up and we think it’s the right opportunity let’s do it.”

Arsenal bid rejected

In keeping with Sky Germany, RB Leipzig have turned down an Arsenal transfer for Dayot Upamecano and made it clear he gained’t be bought this month.

Premier League golf equipment battle for Juventus star Merih Demiral

Juventus defender Merih Demiral is on the centre of a bidding battle, with Arsenal amongst a numbers of golf equipment eyeing a transfer as a substitute for Dayot Upamecano.

Experiences in Italy declare that Leicester, Manchester United and Manchester Metropolis are all weighing up a transfer for Demiral.

The Foxes are excited about a mortgage transfer however Arsenal, United and Metropolis are excited about a everlasting switch, in line with Tuttosport.

Arteta trace

If Arsenal don’t transfer for Dayot Upamecano, one different participant they’ve been linked with is Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng.

After the win over Leeds United, Mikel Arteta was requested by a reporter at his press convention about Arsenal’s hyperlinks with Boateng.

“We don’t talk about any transfers and we are working on a few things,” he mentioned.

“When the club has something to say I will let you know.”

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