Arsenal to make £40m offer for Dayot Upamecano to help Unai Emery fix defence

first_imgArsenal are plotting a fresh transfer bid for Dayot Upamecano (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are reportedly preparing a £40million move to sign RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano.Upamecano was firmly on the Gunners’ radar as a possible replacement for Laurent Koscielny in the summer, but Unai Emery eventually turned to David Luiz after missing out on the 20-year-old.Though Leipzig rejected a sizable offer from Arsenal for Upamecano, they are increasingly resigned to losing the highly-rated Frenchman at the end of the season.Upamecano’s Leipzig contract has a €100m release clause which reduces by €20m every year. It was therefore believed that interested clubs would have had to spend €60m (£52m) to land the youngster next summer.ADVERTISEMENT Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield UnitedTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:38FullscreenEmery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield Unitedhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reacts-arsenals-1-0-loss-sheffield-united-2032306/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.However, Leipzig are now prepared to accept a cut-price fee for the defender to avoid losing him for free when his contract expires in 2021.AdvertisementAdvertisementAccording to The Sun, this has put Arsenal on red alert and the north London club are lining up a fresh bid for Upamecano ahead of the January transfer window.The report claims the France Under-21 international has been identified as Arsenal’s top centre-back target.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLast year, Upamecano revealed his ambitions to join a top European club in the future, but failed to mention Arsenal in his list of ‘dream’ destinations.‘As a youngster, you dream of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, but to get there, you have to work,’ he told Telefoot.‘I’m very proud of myself, very happy. I have to keep going in the same direction.‘I have to aim higher. My preference for the moment is Leipzig. Afterwards, we’ll see.’MORE: Manchester United chief Ed Woodward slams notion he picks transfers by watching Youtube Arsenal identify Dayot Upamecano as top defensive target ahead of £40m transfer move Advertisement Commentcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 23 Oct 2019 11:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShareslast_img

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