Liverpool need to take note as RB Leipzig reportedly drop their price for Dayot Upamecano. The Reds supposedly have a different target in mind.
The current health crisis is the cause, of course, but Upamecano is a slightly unique case. Virtually every top club reportedly wants him, for starters.
So why does everyone want Upamecano? He’s a very talented 21-year-old defender with Bundesliga experience, for one thing. But he’s also entering the final year of his contract – so you can get him ‘cheap’, in other words.
RB Leipzig know they have to sell if they want any money for him. But as the economy tanks, clubs are less willing to pay that release clause. Instead, they’d likely prefer to wait until they can negotiate with him for free in January.
Gazzetta believes Napoli still have an £87m asking price for their defender, however. Here then, Liverpool have an opportunity to move for Upamecano for well under half that price.
It would take a change in plans, of course. Upamecano, as good as he is now, is one for the future, rather than the present. Koulibaly would come in as a first-choice partner for Virgil van Dijk.
Upamecano, instead, would be a long-term partner for Joe Gomez. The future of Liverpool’s defence after Van Dijk, in other words.
And for under half the price, that’s an exciting prospect.