Bayern Munich have reached an agreement with RB Leipzig over the signing of Dayot Upamecano, according to reports. The 22-year-old will join the European champions in July before the beginning of the 2021/22 season.
This comes from The Guardian. They say that the France international has agreed to sign a five-year contract that will keep him at Bayern until 2026.
Reports from German media outlets indicate that the deal was secured for around around €42.5m.
“We’re happy that we’ve been able to sign Dayot Upamecano for Bayern Munich. We’re convinced that Dayot will be a very important member of our team in the coming years,” Bayern’s board member for sport Hasan Salihamidzic said in a statement.
The confirmed agreement between the two German clubs will undoubtedly come as a blow to Liverpool supporters.
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It was only yesterday, after all, that a report from The Guardian claimed that the Reds were amongst the three-teams heavily contested to sign Upamecano.
Still, as we’ve come to learn, a lot can change very quickly in football. It seems now that Liverpool are back to the drawing board in terms of a viable long-term defensive target.
However, the Reds do still have the option to extend Ozan Kabak’s loan period beyond this season. An option to buy deal worth £18 million was inserted into the 20-year-old’s deadline-day agreement.
Ironically, Liverpool, have been touted with an active interest in Upamecano’s Leipzig teammate and central defensive teammate, Ibrahima Konate.
Both players possess remarkably similar defensive qualities and are relatively at the same age, too.
Also, the pair have both benefited from the coaching of Julian Nagelsmann which would suggest that there is still an alternative for Liverpool to explore following Upamcano’s agreement to join Bayern.
Klopp contacted Leipzig on deadline-day, after all, regarding the possibility of signing Konate. Similarly to Upamecano, the 21-year-old has a release clause that comes into effect this summer.
So, it’s not all doom-and-gloom for Liverpool’s defensive prospects in the coming months.
Also, Liverpool will hopefully have Virgil van Dijk back to full fitness by the time the 2021/22 campaign kicks off.
Let’s see what the Anfield faithful had to say following the agreement in-place to take Upamecano to Bayern next season.