Dayot Upamecano has become the subject of serious interest from a number of top European clubs, including Liverpool.
The French defender was linked with a move to Anfield via The Sunday World with reports that Leipzig are bracing themselves for a January bid, although no progress has been made in regards to a deal.
Jurgen Klopp is in desperate need of defensive cover following the potentially season-ending ACL injury to Virgil van Dijk. The Reds are currently down to their last experienced centre-back in the form of Joe Gomez with Joel Matip and Fabinho also picking up fitness setbacks.
Liverpool have proven they aren’t one to panic buy in the transfer market which would suggest that the club would have to consider determining factors such as plausibility or cost before making their interest in a player concrete.
Upamecano’s future is a very open subject as it is. His £38 million release clause is common knowledge, and it comes into effect next summer.
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Normally, a player of his standard would be in the £60-70 million range.
Upamecano played for RB Leipzig last night following a 5-0 defeat to Manchester United during a Champions League Group Stage clash at Old Trafford. This result is actually good news for Liverpool.
The 22-year-old may have been on the end of a bruising performance but there is no questioning that even at such a young age, he is among the best central defenders in Europe.
Given his age and moderately cheap price-tag, Liverpool will find no better option to bolster up their defensive reinforcements in the January transfer window.
Leipzig losing to United increases their chances of being eliminated from the Champions League which in effect could accelerate an exit for Upamecano to leave for a club of his choosing.
A player of Upamecano’s quality undoubtedly will have a number of top European sides also looking to strike a deal for the France international.
So what can Liverpool do?
Liverpool are in urgent need of a defensive reinforcement so if the club has to pay a little extra to secure Upamecano before his release clause comes into effect this summer then so be it.
Really, even if Liverpool were paying in excess of £50 million, it would still rank as a financially shrewd example of business.
Moving for Upamecano in January with Leipzig out of the Champions League could hand Liverpool the advantage when it comes to negotiations.
A player of his quality needs to be playing at the highest level and given Liverpool’s perfect start in Europe coupled by the club’s status as Premier League champions, Upamecano would find nowhere better than Anfield.
After all, both clubs have positive a relationship following the deal that was struck for Naby Keita back in 2018.
The imposing defender is certainly worth breaking the bank for and if Liverpool don’t get a deal wrapped up sooner rather than later, there are no guarantees we will get him at all.
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