Dayot Upamecano apparently has a relatively low release clause, and Chelsea have reportedly joined Manchester United in the queue of clubs keen on him.
RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano’s long-term future appears uncertain, though there is a strong possibility he will end up in the Premier League.
The France international centre-back has emerged as one of Europe’s most-promising defenders in recent seasons and is part of a Leipzig side that has conceded just 12 goals in 15 Bundesliga games this season.
Upamecano, 22, looks certain for a big-money move eventually, and although his next destination is unclear, he has plenty of admirers in England.
Chelsea to rival Man United for Upamecano
Chelsea are going through a difficult period as they sit ninth in the Premier League, and their options at centre-back do not appear to be entirely to Frank Lampard’s liking.
While 36-year-old Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma have become his preferred pairing, Lampard seems unconvinced by back-up options Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori.
The Mail on Sunday reports Chelsea have joined the list of clubs lining up for Upamecano, who reportedly has a release of around €50million in the new contract he signed last year.
But Chelsea will not expect a free run at Upamecano – the Manchester Evening News claims Manchester United retain an interest in him, with the Red Devils’ centre-back options also far from impressive in 2020-21.