Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed Liverpool and Chelsea are the two teams competing with the Bundesliga club for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.
It was confirmed by Bayern’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, over the weekend that the German side had begun talks with the defender’s agent about a summer transfer, but Rummenigge has now also named the club’s competing for the player:
“The player will know what he wants at some point. We have to RB Leipzig have a good relationship. I had a conversation with (Leipzig chief executive) Oliver Mintzlaff. When things get concrete, we’ll talk again. The transfer fee has been fixed. You have to wait for the time. The two clubs have a good relationship with each other.”
“He almost landed at FC Bayern once. Unfortunately, he didn’t quite dare to do that at the time and then developed well at Salzburg and Leipzig. The fact alone that Chelsea and Liverpool are also interested in him shows that he has very good qualities.”
Whether Liverpool’s double signing of Schalke’s Ozan Kabak and Preston’s Ben Davies will affect their interest in Upamecano, it remains to be seen.
Joel Matip has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury and, combined with the long-term injuries to Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, there may be an argument for making another centre-back signing in the summer.
With Davies a stop-gap solution and, with Liverpool having the option to send Kabak back to Schalke after his loan spell, that may also open up the possibility of signing Upamecano.