This summer Liverpool will be hamstrung in the transfer market. The Reds have been incredibly shrewd since FSG assumed control of the club, as such the impact of the global health crisis will be most obvious in the club’s transfer dealings this summer. With Jürgen Klopp’s side being forced to sit out of this transfer window Liverpool should be relieved that Dayot Upamecano has signed a new contract with RB Leipzig.
Liverpool like Dayot Upamecano
Dejan Lovren leaving Anfield this summer was never going to be a surprise, his departure had been on the cards for some time and as such there have been months of rumours surrounding who will replace the Croatian.
The Express reported that Liverpool had Dayot Upamecano on a three man shortlist for who could take Lovren’s place.
The Reds bringing in the 21-year-old Frenchman would have been a massive signal of intent and he would likely have been brought in as a first choice partner for Virgil van Dijk rather than a fourth choice backup.
This week RB Leipzig tied the central defender down to a new deal, keeping him at the club until 2023.
Whilst the new contract is only a one year extension its significance lies in the terms, conditions and clauses.
Upamecano’s old deal included a £54m release clause, a pittance for one of the most highly rated young defenders in world football.
Goal is just one of a number of outlets reporting that the new deal has been drawn up in order to remove the miniscule release clause from the Frenchman’s contract.
Liverpool weren’t the only side linked with Dayot Upamecano. The Mirror reported that Manchester United and Arsenal were looking at Upamecano whilst 90Min reported that Manchester City were also in the race.
The Reds were never going to be able to afford to splash out on the defender this summer. The fact that the youngster has signed a new contract with Leipzig will likely keep him from moving to a Premier League rival.
Jürgen Klopp will be breathing a sigh of relief safe in the knowledge that Man United won’t be able to solve their defensive frailties with one of the sport’s most exciting young centre backs.
The new deal will likely keep the Frenchman at Leipzig until at least next summer, meaning that the Reds have time to recover their financial flexibility if they still want to pursue a deal for the defender.