Liverpool need to take note as RB Leipzig reportedly drop their price for Dayot Upamecano. The Reds supposedly have a different target in mind.

SportBild claims that RB Leipzig will now consider selling Upamecano for around £35m. That’s down from £53m – his release clause (per Sky).

Dayot Upamecano reportedly wants to leave RB Leipzig

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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.

SportBild names Bayern Munich in that article but others name far more. AS say Real Madrid, for one, while Sport name Paris Saint-Germain.

SkySports believe both Manchester clubs want Upamecano, too, and Passione Inter claims Liverpool want the player.

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.

And this is where Liverpool can come in. Reports in Italy, from both Tutto Mercato Web and Gazzetta Dello Sport, claim that the Reds want Kalidou Koulibaly.

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.

Liverpool reportedly want Kalidou Koulibaly.

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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.

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