Arsenal have £55m bid for RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano rejected as Unai Emery desperately tries to strengthen his defence before deadline day… but Bundesliga side want £25m-rated Emile Smith Rowe included in deal
- Arsenal have seen their opening offer for Dayot Upamecano turned down
- Gunners made a bid of £55m, but RB Leipzig want Emile Smith Rowe included
- Midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at the Bundesliga side
- Unai Emery is keen to improve his defence after landing Nicolas Pepe for £72m
Arsenal have had a first bid worth up to £55million for centre back Dayot Upamecano rejected by RB Leipzig, who want Emile Smith Rowe included in the deal.
Leipzig want 19-year-old midfielder Smith Rowe included either on loan or as a permanent move as part of the sale of their French 20-year-old.
Arsenal are hopeful an agreement can be reached before the transfer window closes on Thursday evening. They value their highly-rated youngster at £25m, and negotiations are continuing.
Arsenal have had a £55m bid for defender Dayot Upamecano (left) rejected by RB Leipzig
The Gunners have already signed William Saliba for £27m in this window but the centre back has been loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the upcoming season.
Cash is tight at Arsenal, particularly after their signing of £72m attacker Nicolas Pepe, and any deal for Upamecano would require staggered payments.
Arsenal and Leipzig enjoy a good relationship. Smith Rowe spent the second half of last season on loan at the Bundesliga club, though injuries limited the starlet’s appearances.
The German club want Emile Smith Rowe included as part of Arsenal’s deal for Upamecano
That came after he appeared regularly in the Europa League for Unai Emery’s side. His competitive debut against Vorskla Poltava made him the first player to be born after 2000 to appear for the club.
The Gunners have also been linked with Juventus centre back Daniele Rugani but are focusing on Upamecano, who joined Leipzig for £9m in 2017, ahead of Thursday’s deadline.
Arsenal last month saw a £25m bid for left-back Kieran Tierney turned down by Celtic.