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Man United scout 21-year-old French defensive ace wanted by Arsenal

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Upamecano has been on Manchester United's radar

Manchester United interested in Dayot Upamecano

According to The Athletic, Manchester United are continuing to scout RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, who is also wanted by Arsenal.

The 21-year-old Upamecano has been with Leipzig since January 2017, having made the switch from sister club RB Salzburg. During his time with the Germans, the Frenchman has established himself as a key member of the side.

Dayot Upamecano has been a rock at the back for RB Leipzig
Dayot Upamecano has been a rock at the back for RB Leipzig

An ever-present in the starting XI, the towering defender played a key role in Leipzig’s third-place finish in Bundesliga and the semi-finals run in the Champions League.

One of the most coveted young defenders across Europe, Upamecano has been on the radars of Arsenal. Recently, Spanish champions Real Madrid, too, had been credited with an interest in the 21-year-old.

And now, The Athletic is claiming that Manchester United are also keenly scouting him, in a bid to find a long-term partner for club captain Harry Maguire.

Neither Victor Lindelof nor Eric Bailly have been convincing enough alongside the England international. Upamecano’s age, coupled with his all-round, solid game, would make him an ideal partner for Maguire.

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Upamecano penned a new contract with Leipzig only last month. He is likely to cost in excess of £50m. It remains to be seen if the club is willing to splash that kind of cash on him, considering that we have been chasing the signing of Jadon Sancho for the longest time.

Nevertheless, with our rivals already making some inroads into the transfer market, it is time for us to get into action as well. With a congested fixture schedule lying ahead of the team, ensuring squad depth is critical.