Arsenal suffer blow in pursuit of Dayot Upamecano after French defender ‘agrees to extend his contract at RB Leipzig beyond the end of next season’
- Dayot Upamecano’s contract at RB Leipzig was set to expire next summer
- But reports in Germany suggest Upamecano has penned a contract extension
- Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal were the frontrunners to secure a deal for the 21-year-old
- The French centre-back has also been linked with Bayern Munich and AC Milan
Arsenal have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Dayot Upamecano with reports claiming the Frenchman has agreed to extend his contract at RB Leipzig.
The 21-year-old’s contract was set to expire in June 2021 which meant he could have been available for a cut-price fee this summer.
However, a report from Sportbuzzer in Germany suggests the centre-back has agreed an extension at the Bundesliga club.
Dayot Upamecano has agreed to extend his contract at RB Leipzig, according to reports
The 21-year-old centre back’s contract with the Bundesliga side was set to expire in June 2021
Upamecano’s situation has been followed by a number of top European clubs, with Manchester United, Bayern Munich and AC Milan all having been linked with the defender.
But now it appears he will be remaining with Julian Nagelsmann’s side at the Red Bull Arena for the foreseeable future.
However, while Leipzig have ensured they won’t lose him for free by getting him to sign a new deal, the report does indicate that a £53million release clause has been included in the deal.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the French defender
That could give some hope to potential suitors regarding their chance of still signing Upamecano, although finances are expected to be tight at the Emirates Stadium this summer.
Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff publicly offered Upamecano an ultimatum of signing a new deal or leaving, and it appears the Frenchman has chosen the former.
Mintzlaff told BILD in June: ‘Upa is an extremely important player for us and one of the most sought after talents in this position in Europe.
But his foreseeable future appears to be with Julian Nagelsmann’s side in Germany
‘One thing we know is that we have a very clear understanding with him and his adviser, that we will not let him go free.
‘We cannot afford that as a club.
‘So there are two options: extend or change. I am absolutely certain that we will know relatively quickly which direction we are going.’
The report does give suitors hope with a £53million release clause placed in the new deal